The restaurant where you’re greeted with a gun – and shots of vodka

Vodka. The language that brings us all together.

Will S.' Random Weirdness Blog

In the Ukraine, naturally.

As the conflict in eastern Ukraine rumbles on, hundreds of miles away in the west of the country, a restaurant is using past and present wars to attract diners.

It was a stern-faced Ukrainian soldier who asked my Russian colleague Dina whether she was a “moskal”- a bad Russian, who wants to kill Ukrainians – or a “rossiyanka” – a friendly neighbour, with good intentions.

He stood in an old-fashioned green uniform, a machine gun at the ready, waiting for her answer.

Luckily, it was the right one. “I’m a rossiyanka, of course,” she said.

This triggered a smile, a shout of “Glory to Ukraine” and earned Dina both a shot of honey vodka and entry to a partisan-themed restaurant.

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