Mads Nissen/Politiken/Panos

Nr. Krasnohorivka, Donesk, Ukraine

Natalia Voronkova chatting with a group of soldiers at their frontline position just a few hundred meters away from the frontline. Natalia uses the opportunity to get a sense of the honest and unfiltered reality and challenges on the ground. All these impressions she also uses as a special advisor to the Minister of Defence.

Luckily the view is blocked by trees, so the russian backed separatist canât easily target the Ukrainians here with their snipers. The surrounding fields are contaminated by landmines that are once in a while triggered by one of the many dogs that hangs around the positions.

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, with a group of soldiers near the frontline.

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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