Battle over borscht: new front in Russia-Ukraine conflict

Ukrainian chef Ievgen Klopotenko never expected to find himself at the centre of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.  But that’s just what happened when the 33-year-old pushed to have borscht — the traditional beetroot and cabbage dish — recognised as part of Ukraine’s historical heritage. “I don’t really like to call it a war for borscht, but in fact that’s what it is,” Klopotenko, a graduate of the Le Cordon Bleu culinary school, told AFP in his renowned Ukrainian restaurant in central Kiev. The chef said he was fed up with how restaurants around the world — including those serving “…

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