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The stage is not swamped by
screaming teenage fans, however. Instead, the front row is reserved for
wounded, wheelchair-ridden soldiers, casualties of Ukraine’s war of
independence.

Here, at a special event in
Kyiv’s military hospital, they are the celebrities. Paper hearts hang from
trees surrounding the small square in the heart of the closed-off compound,
bearing words of gratitude for the war heroes from ordinary Ukrainians. Each
artist climbs off the stage after performing to hand a bouquet of flowers to
the honorary guests.

“This is the least we can
do to show our gratitude to these men, to alert society to what they have done
for us,” says Maxim Radetskyi, the concert’s organizer. “We plan to organize more
such events for them in the future, all across Ukraine.”

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