KYIV, Ukraine — Because he will soon be deployed as a soldier on the battlefields of Ukraine, Serhiy Lipko and Anastasia Zukhvala have chosen to marry first, like a growing number of war-torn couples with Russia.
Like others, their nuptials were rushed and smaller than they would have been in peacetime, with only a few dozen close friends and family. She wore a simple crown of blue flowers in her hair. And then, because laughter can be medicinal and because Lipko was building a comedy career before his country’s defense was called, they headed to a stand-up comedy club in Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv. .