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‘The birth of a new Ukraine’: how Russia’s war united a nation

By John Reed and Guy Chazan in Lviv and Roman Olearchyk in Kyiv

17 Mar 2022 · 10 min read

At an aid distribution centre in Ukraine’s embattled capital Kyiv this week, people were collecting and dispatching donations of emergency food, medicines, clothes and children’s toys for cities under attack by Russian troops, missiles and bombs.

While about half the donations came from abroad, where Russian president Vladimir Putin’s invasion has created a groundswell of global support for President Volodymyr Zelensky and his people, the rest came from quieter parts of Ukraine.

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