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Ukraine war

How bakeries sustain Ukraine: 'devotion to bread is in our DNA'

The staff of life fuels resistance to Russia amid missile strikes, occupation

A man bakes at Home of Bread in Bucha, Ukraine. (Photo by Eiji Furukawa)

KYIV -- As Russian troops advanced on the Ukrainian village of Zgurivka in March, wheat farmer Olexander Chubuk sent his grain to be ground into flour and on to a local bakery.

Located about 100 km east of Kyiv, Zgurivka was just one of the battlefronts where Ukrainian and Russian forces faced off. With the Russians closing in from the northeast to a point roughly 10 km from the village, food and medicine became scarce, raising fears among residents.

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