The Lviv Chocolate Workshop in eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk.
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Nestled in the separatist stronghold of Donetsk, a chocolate-themed cafe is serving up an authentically Ukrainian experience to rebels fighting pro-Kiev forces in Ukraine's east.The staff in the cafe and shop speak Ukrainian, just as they would in the chain's other outlets in Kiev or the western Ukrainian city of Lviv.The cafe's doors have remained open despite rebels ripping down national symbols, like the country's yellow-and-blue flag, and fighting a campaign against all things culturally UkrainianThe cafe only accepts Ukrainian hryvnias although Russian rubles are now widely used in the region.The store was called "Ukrainian Souvenirs," but the word "Ukrainian" has since been dropped.When some customers complained that the store sold Ukrainian items, the shopkeeper told them that Chinese, Russian and Belarusian goods were also being sold in the city.Speaking Ukrainian and wearing traditional dress has become hazardous in Donetsk, said retired Ukrainian language teacher Galina Dyakova.
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