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Ukraine war

Ukrainian comedians keep Kyiv cheering and laughing

'Being encircled gave us an advantage: We could shoot in a 360-degree radius'

Underground Standup leader Sviat Zagaikevich says he now has "a real mission in my job -- our jokes are contributing to the victory by raising people's fighting spirit." (Photo by Eiji Furukawa)

KYIV -- Comedy clubs in Kyiv are thriving as residents seek escapes from the unrelenting stress that Russia's invading army has been heaping on the country for more than seven months now.

Hilarious and sometimes raw jokes delivered by standup comedians help clubgoers keep their spirits up as the nation resists its Russian invaders.

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