By Meghan Harlow | Edible Long Island | March 28, 2022
Featured image: Chef Mary Sydor displays a photo of her cousin, a Kyiv resident in his 30s, who is now an armed member of the Ukrainian resistance. / Photo by Lindsay Morris
Every war is a culture war. Of course there are other factors, like money (always) and religion (almost always). But the casing on the bullets of dollars and deities is one simple, steely sense: “We don’t like how you’re living.”
Prior to Russia’s unlawful and increasingly violent invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, chef Mary Sydor’s Ukrainian relatives were living well. They were just like us: people with dreams and routines, joys and jobs. Now, one of her cousins, a young and handsome civilian living in Kyiv, appears in military fatigues in a photo on her phone.
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