Mads Nissen/Politiken/Panos

Nr. Krasnohorivka, Donesk, Ukraine

Natalia Voronkova, a volunteer who offers support and basic first aid training for Ukrainian government forces fighting Russian-backed separatists in the east of the country, walks with soldiers near frontline positions. The situation is tense here, with mortar attacks and snipers ready to fire at their next target if the soldiers do not stay under cover.

Natalia Voronkova says she hasn't worn jeans since 2014, and it's a statement for her to insist on wearing long dresses and high heels, even while walking in the trenches. She believes that her clear civilian appearance will protect her from snipers, but she also thinks that it brings a message of normality to the Ukrainian soldiers. It encourages them to not give up, if she can walk here in such clothes they might also find the strength to carry on under such hard living conditions.

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Mads Nissen/Politiken/Panos
Nr. Krasnohorivka, Donesk
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