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The commune of Cruzești has become a second home for Ukrainian refugees. On 14 October, the residents of Cruzești and Ukrainian refugees, along with mayors, representatives of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, UN Women Moldova, UNHCR-Moldova and the Congress of Local Authorities of Moldova (CALM), gathered to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives during the war in Ukraine.
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Tatiana Scutari is a military woman who joined a peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic for one and a half year. On the UN Peacekeepers Day, celebrated annually on May 29 worldwide, Tatiana shared her experience and motivation to participate in such a mission.
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Ana Grama is a young entrepreneur who transformed her passion for growing lavender into an eco cosmetics startup. Ana’s professional path started with the Pre-accelerator programme for women and girls implemented by XY Partners, with support from UN Women and funded by Sweden.
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Tamara Schiopu, 56, is an environmentalist and an expert in ecological agriculture from Moldova. She is the President of EcoLocal - Association of Organic and Artisanal Producers and Consumers of Moldova. Tamara has always been immersed in nature. Her husband has been an organic farmer for over 40 years. Tamara learned about the benefits of this type of agriculture from him and has adopted an environment and climate-friendly lifestyle.
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Millions of people have been fleeing their homes in Ukraine since the Russian invasion on 24 February 2022 turned into a full-fledged war. In Cahul, a border region in the south of the Republic of Moldova, local public authorities, volunteers and civil society are doing what they can to help, guide and host those on the move. 
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More than 400,000 people from Ukraine have crossed into the Republic of Moldova since Russia’s invasion on 24 February. According to Moldova’s Bureau for Migration and Asylum, over 1,600 Ukrainians had requested asylum as of 10 March.
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Anastasia Robuleț: Women refugees feel safer here, and I try to offer them all they support need