A Brooklyn social club where young Eastern European immigrants gather for coffee has become a factory packing humanitarian supplies for Ukraine -- flashlights, pain medicine and baby formula, first-aid kits, bulletproof vests and helmets for civilian defenders. More than 60,000 Ukrainian immigrants live in New York City, and have watched in horror as Russian forces bombard Ukraine. Some US residents have gone to fight, while others donate money to the army and humanitarian aid groups online. New York is home to immigrants from both Russia and Ukraine, and they share social media sites, grocery stores and restaurants. For some Russian immigrants, it reminds them of when the Soviet Union forced them to fight in Afghanistan. “I love Russian people. This is not about them. This is about the politics,” said one man, originally Ukrainian, who is married to an immigrant from Russia.

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