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‘Just a sea of tears’: the group helping anxious mothers of Russian soldiers

By Pjotr Sauer

02 Mar 2022 · 4 min read

Svetlana Golub’s phone had not stopped ringing since Thursday. At the other end of the line, tearful family members across Russia frantically tried to figure out the fate of their sons, brothers and husbands fighting in Russia’s bloody war in Ukraine.

“It is crazy,” said Golub, pointing to her glowing phone. “We are getting hundreds and hundreds of calls. It’s just a sea of tears.”

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