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Ukraine war

Turkey becomes magnet for Russians and Ukrainians alike

Country has been attracting staff, business from two sides of conflict

Ukrainian singer Ruslana gives a concert in the Turkish city of Antalya to support people from her country affected by the war with Russia. (Photo by Anadolu Agency)

ISTANBUL -- When Arsenii Frolov opened a company offering coworking space in the resort town of Antalya on Turkey's Mediterranean coast a year ago, he had no way of knowing that war in Ukraine would soon provide a windfall for his business.

"Right after the start [of the invasion], there was a big wave of demand for the first three weeks," Frolov, a former rally car pilot and defensive driving instructor, told Nikkei Asia. "From time to time, I've reached full capacity of 25-30 people during the day, while our average daily users are around 10 people. I am now looking for a good location to open a bigger branch, more than twice the current capacity."

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