Ukrainian soldiers use camouflaged mobile saunas on the front lines to bathe and disinfect after weeks in the trenches. The BBC reported this on Tuesday.
The saunas were crowdfunded and sent to Ukraine by Imar Raag, an Estonian filmmaker and humanitarian who often visits Ukraine, the outlet reported.
They are camouflaged to protect Ukrainians from Russian fire and are also equipped with showers and washing machines so soldiers can clean their military uniforms after weeks in the trenches.
An unnamed Ukrainian commander on the front line told the BBC: “If you stay in position for three days and three nights, in the trenches, under the rain, in the mud, in the rain, you will come back and you will have a hot sauna. , clean, warm water, where you can wash yourself, where you can wash your clothes – it’s special, it’s something out of this world, it’s absolutely amazing.”
Raag told the BBC he felt compelled to send the saunas to Ukraine so soldiers could wash and take off their boots after long and grueling days on the front line.
He added that he hopes this will boost morale, especially as the weather turns colder in Ukraine, which was invaded by Russia in February 2022.
Estonia has long had a sauna culture, with its own military troops using mobile saunas during recent missions in the Afghan desert and Lebanon.