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A Ukrainian shoemaker works and watches the war from afar in Colorado | New

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — In the front of a modest shoe repair shop in Colorado Springs, a smartphone played YouTube field reports from Ukrainian military officials, as it does almost daily. Alexander Belanchuk says today’s dispatch is about Ukrainian forces trying to destroy some of the Russian artillery.

He listens to updates in his native language. He did it that day by putting new soles on a pair of cowboy boots. Now in his 60s, Belanchuk decided to follow in his uncle’s footsteps… and trained as a shoemaker from the age of 14.

“I liked when he built them completely from scratch: boots, shoes, etc.,” Belanchuk said, watching his uncle at work.

More than half a century later, his own shop—Crazy Alex Shoe Repair—keeps him busy six days a week. He writes customer receipts in pencil on yellow tickets and he only accepts cash or checks. His business shows up on a Google Maps search for “Colorado Springs Shoe Repair,” but other than that, he doesn’t advertise.

“My ad? Those are my skills,” he laughed.

Shoemaking isn’t Belanchuk’s only job. Colorado Springs resident and customer Patrick Logue recently recovered a leather satchel that belonged to his father. Logue asked Belanchuk to restore the bag after working on a pair of his wife’s boots.

“These Ugg boots were 20 years old and he brought (them) back to life,” Logue said.