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A tombstone in the renowned Lychakivsky Cemetery in the Ukrainian city of Lvov. The city, known as Lviv in Ukrainian, suffered comparatively-little destruction during World War 2 and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its historical architecture. Ukraine was a republic within the former Soviet Union which broke away from the USSR and formed its own sovereign state in August 1991 although the eastern half of the country still maintained close links with Russia.