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When I was flying across Ukraine to the capital, Kyiv, from Odessa last month, I arrived at the airport to find a policewoman blocking an entrance to the terminal. A considerable crowd was gathered across the road. Apparently someone had called in a bomb threat.

Shocked at first, I looked around to see how the other passengers were reacting. Some people were on the phone, trying to rearrange their evening plans; others were just chatting among themselves or tapping away on their phones.

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