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Voice of America: Latest Developments in Ukraine: Nov. 2

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The latest developments in Russia’s war on Ukraine. All times EDT.


12:05 a.m.: A group of Ukrainian volunteers has been making “trench candles” from tin cans for troops serving on the frontline as an energy crisis triggered by the war takes its toll on both the armed forces and civilians, Reuters reported.  

Russian forces have increasingly targeted Ukraine’s infrastructure including power stations and the electricity grid, causing regular blackouts and disrupting heating and water supplies.  

The trench candles consist of empty enamel paint cans and pet-food tins stuffed with corrugated cardboard and paraffin wax — and crucially they provide warmth as well as light. The candles have been used by troops in previous conflicts, including World War II.  

“(The candles) can be used to dry out a trench, cook food, which is very important, boil water, and warm people up,” said Nino Nazarova, 28, an organizer of the initiative.  

When Nazarova secured 10,000 cans from a factory in northern Ukraine a few weeks ago, she thought it would take months to turn them all into trench candles, but volunteers completed the task during an event on Sunday at a Kyiv cultural center, singing Ukrainian folk songs as they worked.

Some information in this report came from Reuters.


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