A peaceful place of effortless eleganceUkraine has been engaged in a hybrid war with Russia for the past three years, but the fighting is restricted to a relatively small portion of the eastern borderlands, many hundreds of kilometers away from Kyiv. Like 95% of this vast country, the Ukrainian capital is untouched by the conflict. There are no tanks or bombed out buildings. Instead, Kyiv remains one of the loveliest cities in the world, full of sweeping cobblestone boulevards, lush parks, ornate churches, and wedding cake palaces. It is an elegant city with a decidedly feminine ambience befitting its historic role as the mistress of Eurasia. Eurovision could hardly be coming at a better time of year, either — Kyiv is at its blossoming best in mid-May.