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An advert for Ukraine as a tourist destination, before the Russian war of course, said that Kyiv may be the heart of the country but Lviv is its soul.
A very important place to visit in Lviv is its historic Lychakiv Cemetery (Ukrainian: Личаківський цвинтар, romanized: Lychakivs’kyi tsvyntar; Polish: Cmentarz Łyczakowski we Lwowie).
For Polish people like myself it is particularly important because many famous Polish people were buried here. I have already shared here a picture presenting the tomb of the Polish writer, Maria Konopnicka:
https://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Europe/Ukraine/West/Lvivska//photo1545670.htm

There is also a section of the cemetery which is called Lviv Defenders' Cemetery. For those who don't know the history, I will just say that the defenders were actually Poles while attackers were Ukrainian who wanted to incorporate predominantly Polish town into their new Ukrainian country after the WWI. Here is my photo from this cemetery section with more info underneath it:
https://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Europe/Ukraine/West/Lvivska//photo1546068.htm

Our past was not always peaceful and pretty, for example Ukraine has objected the renovation of the Polish part of this cemetery for a very long time. We don't want to erase or forget the difficult past but we want to focus on building a better future together. Together with hopefully strong independent Ukraine, together with hopefully someday peaceful to its neighbours Russia.
We don't need more cemeteries filled with bodies of heroes. There is no point in shifting borders again.
Let's focus on what we can do here and now to make this world a better place for everybody.

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