Ballet and bombs: how Ukraine’s dance stars are defying Putin from the Hague

“It was 5am,” says Veronika Rakitina, “and I woke up to the sound of a bomb. I looked at the news and the first thing I saw was a burning church next to my parents’ house in Kharkiv.” The Ukrainian dancer is remembering the morning of the Russian invasion. On her phone, she pulls up a photo of a …

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