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In Odessa, nannies and computer programmers step to the frontline

 

In Odessa, a strategically important port city on Ukraine’s Black Sea coast, civilians — computer programmers, IT workers, everyday workers — have taken up weapons to defend against Russia’s invasion.

Zhena was a chief marketing officer for an IT company before he joined Ukraine’s armed forces. He told CNN two of his friends had already been killed in the war, both volunteers who had been fighting in the besieged city of Kherson.

“They have no military grounding at all. Both of them are programmers,” he said.

One 19-year-old volunteer, who formerly worked as a nanny, says she faced the Russian threat to her home once before. When she was 11, she fled Crimea, which was occupied by Russia in 2014 and annexed after a referendum widely seen as a sham.

Source: CNN

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