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“When the snow falls, it’ll already be too late”: meet the regular Ukrainians making supplies for the fight against Russia

Irina Sydorenko and her team spend their days in a dusty basement, making camouflage for those on the frontline of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. They are settling in for a long war

By Robert Seely  

Ukrainians march in Kiev: "Stop Putin! Stop war!" Photo: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

I’m sitting in a dusty basement in Kramatorsk and Irina Sydorenko is fretting. Her volunteers are making camouflage nets for Ukrainian soldiers serving along the Contact Line between Ukrainian and Russian-held territory, some 30 miles south-west of this provincial city in eastern Ukraine. Irina is working to fulfill an order from the Ukrainian army for a job-lot of green camouflague nets, but she hasn’t even begun a request from Oleg, a tank commander who badly needs 45…

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