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Kyiv Nightlife Comes Back Amid Urge for Contact. 'This Is the Cure.'

By Jeffrey Gettleman

26 Jul 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

A report from Kyiv on how its nightlife is slowly coming back to life and people are getting a respite from the war, if only for a few hours.

The rave had been planned for weeks, with the space secured and the DJs, the drinks, the invites and the security all lined up.

But after a recent missile strike far from the front lines killed more than 25 people, including children, in central Ukraine, an attack that deeply unsettled all Ukraine, the rave organizers met to make a hard, last-minute decision. Should they postpone the party?

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