War leaves Ukraine farming village queueing for food

Galina Mykhailivna (2nd L), 75-years-old, waits to receive a box holding 12 kilos of basic food provisions, enough to feed one person for one month during a food ration distribution at a shop in the former frontline village of Lebyazhe on September 22, 2022. – AFP pic, September 23, 2022.

UKRAINE’s farmland is famed for its rich black soil and considered a breadbasket for the world, but yesterday, after months of war, residents of a frontline farming village were queueing for food.

The Russian invasion force that crossed the border on February 24 did not quite reach little Lebyazhe, as Ukrainian troops scrambled to defend routes to the country’s second city, Kharkiv.

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