From Borscht Packets to Army Jeeps: Ukraine's Volunteer Army Prepares for War With Russia

Today, Ukraine's army is far from marching in flip-flops to war against Russia, but it still continues to march on the efforts of citizen volunteers. Haaretz meets those leading the efforts on Ukraine's home front since 2014

Liza Rozovsky
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UKRAINE – Since 2014, thousands of civilians have outfitted the army with helmets, armored vests, jeeps and even kits to make home-style borscht. “Sometimes we ask ourselves why we continue to call ourselves volunteers; for the past eight years we’ve been planning for the possibility that Russia might invade,” one woman said.

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