Ukrainian Famous Bridal Brand Now Produces Equipment For The Army: "We Focus On Saving Our Country"

Ukrainian brand MillaNova, known for its decadent wedding gowns, is now producing attire for soldiers and medical personnel in the country, while Russia continues to launch brutal attacks against the Ukrainian people.

Employees of Milla Nova from bridal boutiques across 50 countries including the US, UK, France, and China, have been working tirelessly over the last two weeks to fulfill international dress orders while also making these additional garments for the Ukrainian army.

"Along with making brides around the globe happy, we are focused on saving our country," said the company's CEO Ulyana Kyrychuk, who is fiercely determined to continue to sustain the business despite the many serious challenges of the war.

Photos from MillaNova shared by CNN show women sewing fleece hoodies and assault vests in traditional army camouflage.

Working with its network of suppliers, the brand was able to quickly supply itself with the materials needed for production. Kyrychuk told CNN that they have already done 1,500 articles.

"My main goal as CEO is to protect and secure the people of tomorrow," Kyrychuk said, adding that the company is also ready to hire new workers from eastern Ukraine who have recently become refugees.
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Photo Source: Milla Nova
Milla Nova currently has 600 employees. Those based in Lviv had the option of going to neighboring Poland, where a makeshift workshop was set up in Warsaw following the invasion.

To date, 70 employees have been evacuated to the Polish capital. About 450 employees remain in Lviv, while others have made their own plans to flee to the countryside of Ukraine. With a workforce of 98% women, many of whom are mothers, the relocation by the company involved many young children.

Ukrainian People Live An Unfolding Drama

Ten million people - more than a quarter of the population - have now fled their homes in Ukraine due to Russia’s "devastating" war, the United Nations refugees chief said today, according to AFP.

"The war in Ukraine is so devastating that 10 million have fled either displaced inside the country, or as refugees abroad."

About 90% of those who have fled are women and children.

UNICEF, the UN children’s agency, said more than 1.5 million children are among those who have fled abroad, warning that the risks they face of human trafficking and exploitation are "real, and growing".

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