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‘To jaw-jaw is better than to war-war,’ said Winston Churchill in 1954, supporting the principle of nations negotiating. Those wise words from a great leader who understood war should be kept in mind regarding the Geneva accord on the crisis in Ukraine.

Sofron Nedilsky is among millions of Ukrainian natives watching unrest play out in that country. He wishes the focus was on its culture and customs.