A factory in western Ukraine was caught making uniforms for Russia's national ski team, a report says.
Ukraine's security service said it found a production line for the ski team in Zakarpattia Oblast.
It said the facility was owned by a foreign national and started producing the clothing this year.
A factory in Ukraine was caught making uniforms for Russia's national ski team, Ukraine's security service said.
The Security Service of Ukraine, or SBU, said it had found evidence of a production line for the ski team operating within a factory in the Zakarpattia Oblast in western Ukraine, as reported by The Kyiv Post.
The facility was owned by a foreign national and started producing winter clothing adorned with Russian symbols at the start of this year, the SBU said, long after Russia's full-scale invasion began in February 2022.
The SBU report said more than 40 loads of the winter sportswear were discreetly transported to Russia through a European country where the factory owner resided. The head of Zakarpattia Regional State Administration, Viktor Mykyta, said the owner was Italian, the Kyiv Post reported.
The outlet reported that the SBU didn't include the owner's nationality but that it did say the owner was "directly involved in concluding relevant contracts with Russian customers and organized the shipment of finished products to the Russian Federation."
Zakarpattia Oblast is on Ukraine's border with Poland, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia. Despite life in the region maintaining a relative degree of normality compared with Ukraine's war-torn east, it's still reeling from the effects of the war.
The local city of Mukachevo saw an influx of more than 24,500 "internally displaced persons" during the first 124 days of the conflict, according to the United Nations Development Programme.
OpenDemocracy reported it had also become a border crossing for fleeing citizens looking to make their way into neighboring countries.
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