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By Clinton Griffiths,

Destruction and devastation litter the Ukrainian countryside. Farms have turned into battlegrounds as Russia's invasion of Ukraine stretches into another month.

"I was supposed to be flying out from Kiev's Boryspil Airport on the day of the attack at 9 a.m. with a group of Ukrainian farmers to Costa Rica," recounts Roman Grynyshyn.

Grynyshyn had a career giving agricultural tours in Ukraine and around the world. That changed in an instant. After getting family, including his own children to safety, he's now focused on raising awareness and support for his farmer friends back home.

"The first farmer who ever traveled with me is in Kherson Oblast, and I knew he was captured by Russian military about a week ago, and I didn't hear anything from him," Grynyshyn says. "He [finally] answered me, saying 'Roman, I cannot talk long, and you understand why. I am safe. We are trying to work.'"

Doing the work of farming has been difficult in places. Grynyshyn says agriculture infrastructure, equipment and even fields have been targeted.

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