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Kyiv needs money, fast

•, Paul Ames
Sadly, sales of flowers in downtown Besarabsky market are soaring.
Svitlana Sergivna offers discounted prices for customers buying bunches of carnations and tulips to expand the mounds of blossoms carpeting much of central Kyiv in honor of the protesters gunned down during last month's revolution.
Still, the 84-year-old vendor is struggling to make ends meet in a country that's facing an economic crisis as well as the threat of division and Russian invasion.
"My savings that I’ve been collecting all my life, that's all gone to zero,” she says. Her pension amounts to around $122 a month. “Meanwhile, the bandits keep making their millions.”

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