Ukrainian lawyer runs farm as husband defends country

STORY: Zhanna Lishchynska is a lawyer in a local city council in Zaporizhzhia, south-eastern Ukraine.

But now, she spends most of her time looking after the family farm.

Her husband and son are away in the army, defending the country.

"Well, I stayed. I have no choice. I need to look after the house. I need to wait for my husband to come back. I need everybody to come back. We had a home, but it was more fun to work when we were all together. I'm not complaining, I can cope on my own."

Since the war broke out, Lishchynska collects food and medicine for the elderly in the area...

....cares for her 75-year-old mother in addition to her work in the city council and growing duties on the farm.

The farm is equipped with a bomb shelter.

Lishchynska says her husband calls her in the middle of the night and asks her to hide.

Speaking on the phone from an undisclosed location, her husband says his army unit is well-supplied and being buoyed by support from locals.

"I think the war has united the country so much: they've all come together against this disaster, against grief," Lishchynska's husband tells her.

Russia calls its actions a special military operation to demilitarize Ukraine and eradicate what it calls dangerous nationalists backed by an expansionist NATO military alliance.

The West and Kyiv accuse President Vladimir Putin of unprovoked aggression.

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