As a teenager, Kyiv resident Oksana Kushel sometimes found herself reading the diaries of civilians living their entire lives in a wartime environment.

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I was very surprised to read about all the things those people were doing,” she says in the latest episode of Sky News’ Ukraine War Diaries podcast.

“How can you be in a cafe or a restaurant? It’s war… and now you’re just like, oh, well – they did it! So, yeah, life goes on. Moreover, life now I try to remind myself every day.”

In the background of Russia claims a temporary ceasefireKiev, the capital of Ukraine, is a city where daily life is threatened by airstrikes and blackouts imposed in an effort to ration energy.

Months of missile attacks on the country’s energy infrastructure have cut national energy supplies by more than 40 percent, according to Ukrainian officials.

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In recent weeks and months, Kyiv has found itself increasingly targeted. But the city’s businesses — and, for that matter, entertainment — continue to find ways to give citizens respite.

Some theaters have moved underground, using bombproof infrastructure, allowing them to continue offering shows, according to Ms. Kaushal.

“I think you’d be surprised to find that things are still happening,” says Ms Kaushal, who booked a comedy night this week to celebrate her husband and fellow diarist Siva’s birthday.

“You can go to a movie theater, you can go out to see a musical or a theater play and people are trying to figure out how to find underground places…”

From the creators of Sky News’ award-winning Storycast, Ukraine War Diaries is a weekly podcast that follows those who live on and survive Europe’s new frontline.

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