KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — The table tennis coach, chaplain’s wife, dentist and incendiary nationalist have little in common except a desire to defend their hometown and a sometimes hesitant effort to speak Ukrainian instead of Russian.
The situation in Kharkiv, just 40 kilometers (25 miles) from some of the tens of thousands of Russian troops massed on the Ukrainian border, looks particularly perilous. Ukraine’s second-largest city is one of its industrial centers and includes two factories that restore old Soviet-era tanks or build new ones.
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