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War isn't entertaining nevertheless humor helps Ukrainians manage accompanied by trauma

War isn't entertaining nevertheless humor helps Ukrainians manage accompanied by trauma

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Because he'll in a short time exist deployed while a fighter on the battlefields of Ukraine, Serhiy Lipko with every one other accompanied by Anastasia Zukhvala chose to marry first, exist fond of a growing number of couples actuality torn asunder by war accompanied by Russia.

Like others, their nuptials were rushed with every one other accompanied by smaller than they would have been throughout peacetime, accompanied by fair a few dozen near friends with every one other accompanied by family. She wore a simple crown of blue flowers inside her hair. And then, since laughter tin exist medicinal with every one other accompanied by since Lipko was building a career while a comic earlier to the protection of his country called, they headed to a stand-up comedy club inside Ukraine's capital, Kyiv.

There, accompanied by his new spouse watching from the wings, he took the phase inside olive-green fatigues with every one other accompanied by in a short time had the crowd inside stitches accompanied by close-to-the-bone humor concerning armed force with every one other accompanied by married life. He joked that military training accompanied by NATO instructors had been a great chance for him to practice his English, with every one other accompanied by how nervous he'd been concerning handling costly military gear, for terror of breaking it.

The war isn't remotely funny, nevertheless Ukrainians are learning to laugh concerning the awfulness of it all. Not necessarily since they want to, nevertheless since they have to — to remain sane inside the brutality that has killed tens of thousands of people, is upending Ukraine, millions of lives with every one other accompanied by the world order while it rages on front lines inside the the orient with every one other accompanied by south of the country.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin with every one other accompanied by his troops, mainly deceased with every one other accompanied by wounded ones, are favorite targets of black Ukrainian wartime humor. But there are scarlet lines: Ukrainian deceased aren't laughed concerning with every one other accompanied by the grimmest battles, among them the brutal siege of Mariupol with every one other accompanied by the port city's Azovstal steelworks, are a lengthy way excessively raw for jokes. The same is accurate of atrocities inside Bucha with every one other accompanied by elsewhere.

"Tragedies cannot with every one other accompanied by will never exist the thing of humor," said Zukhvala, who too works while a stand-up comic, while she with every one other accompanied by Lipko hugged accompanied by the tenderness of newlyweds following his show with every one other accompanied by scooped up armfuls of bouquets, wondering aloud how they'd find space for them at home.

"This is an completely insane time, on the far side of usual experience," she said. "Our existence now is made of paradoxes, with every one other accompanied by it tin flat exist funny."

Ukraine's most famous comedian is Volodymyr Zelenskyy, now the country's president, elected inside 2019. In the TV comedy series "Servant of the People," the former stand-up comic with every one other accompanied by performer played a lovable high educational organization teacher who accidentally becomes president — earlier to he subsequent actually became one for real. But Zelenskyy hasn't had a a large amount of source for comedy since the Feb. 24 invasion thrust him into the part of wartime leader. His done every one day video addresses to the nation are regularly grim with every one other accompanied by forceful.

But while he works to rally international support with every one other accompanied by soldiers fight accompanied by tanks, artillery with every one other accompanied by tons of Western-supplied armaments, Ukrainians away from the front are using jokes with every one other accompanied by humor while weapons — opposed to war-time worry with every one other accompanied by moroseness, opposed to Russia with every one other accompanied by to be in touch while one, both laughing with every one other accompanied by crying with every one other inside their sorrow with every one other accompanied by anger.

Yuliia Shytko, 29, said she felt inside a lengthy way higher spirits following chortling loudly accompanied by the relax of the crowd into and not here of Lipko with every one other accompanied by other comedians' routines inside the basement comedy club, the vast majority of their jokes revolving around war-related themes.

"Laughing with every one other accompanied by stuff, that's how you cope," Shytko said.

Lipko with every one other accompanied by Zelenskyy crossed paths inside comedy earlier to war utterly altered their trajectories. The future president, at that hour dated still an entertainer, was a juror inside 2016 on the TV game show, "Make a comedian laugh." Lipko was a contestant. He wore camouflage fatigues since he was inside the midst of military work with every one other accompanied by rattled off jokes concerning his armed force experiences. He made Zelenskyy laugh by quipping that he'd buy a PlayStation if he won the top prize — which he eventually did. They spoke inside Russian then; they both stick to Ukrainian inside condition now.

Lipko is still riffing off armed force life, flat while he prepares within days to depart from behind his bride to fight. The armed force gave him a day off to bind the knot, a fast in-and-out of a matrimony office where their comedian friends ruffled the registrar's feathers by joking around.

"We laughed a lot," said stand-up comic Anton Tymoshenko, who attended with every one other accompanied by too performed subsequent that darkness at the club.

Lipko's nickname inside the armed force is "the comedian." During his routine, he joked that some things his fellow soldiers speak with every one other accompanied by do are so entertaining he can't assist nevertheless use them while fodder for his stand-up, in malice of having told them he wouldn't. Afterward, he said his comic outlook should assist him endure inside battle.

"I am a comedian who temporarily became a serviceman," he said. "I have plans with every one other accompanied by inventive projects for following the war. There are things to exist for."

Zukhvala said she tells herself that "we will come first in with every one other accompanied by each item will exist fine." She wants a large marriage commemoration when tranquillity returns.

Tymoshenko said he with every one other accompanied by their other comedian friends will look following her while Lipko is away.

But he has worries of his own: He has been trying to prevail on his parents to depart from their village inside the south that he feels is excessively near to the Russian advance, nevertheless to his dismay they're laughing off the danger. His mother quipped that should Russian missiles churn up her potato plot, that would spare her the spade work.

"My mother never joked earlier to the war," he said. "They use my weapons opposed to me ... with every one other accompanied by that's unfair."

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Hanna Arhirova contributed to this report.

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War isn't entertaining nevertheless humor helps Ukrainians manage accompanied by trauma

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