Vigilant Lviv on high alert with Russian losses scored on cafe windows

Vigilant Lviv on high alert with Russian losses scored on cafe windows

This is a tale of two cities on the periphery of the war, both transformed by the worsening conflict: Przemysl on the Polish border, and Lviv, the main city in western Ukraine.

Overnight, Przemysl became the anteroom of the war. Like Peshawar for Kabul, Nicosia for Beirut, Split for Sarajevo and Amman for Baghdad. Such places are theatres of misery, with an undercurrent of adrenalin and murky doings. Suddenly, rundown, sleepy Przemysl is flooded with refugees, journalists and beefy Americans with short haircuts and tattoed arms in civilian clothing, like the one who volunteered his flak jacket but refused to give his name, where he was from or whether he was with US special forces.

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