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Around this time of year, Yaroslav Andrushko would normally be overseeing the sowing of crops on his 1,000-hectare farm in the Vinnytsya region of central Ukraine.

Instead, he swapped his workwear for fatigues, joining the army a day after Russia invaded his country. "Once a farmer always a farmer,” said Andrushko, the chief executive of a small agriculture company. "But circumstances required us to take up arms.”

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