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Wine in the time of war: story of Ukraine bubbly

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"There is a version that after World War II, it was Joseph Stalin who issued the decree to make champagne here." - Winemaker Rafail Nasyrov seen here scrutinising a bottle of sparkling rose.

Bakhmut, Ukraine

DEEP in the bowels of a former gypsum mine in east Ukraine, winemaker Rafail Nasyrov scrutinises a bottle of sparkling rose.

Hundreds of thousands more line a winding labyrinth of underground tunnels and caves. "This is a 25-hectare (60-acre) natural bomb shelter...

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