Day of the Armed Forces on the Frontline
The modern Ukrainian Army just turned 27. On December 6th, 1991, the Verkhovna Rada adopted established a day the annual day to celebrate the armed forces
The Defense Minister and the Head of the General Staff highly praised the work of one of the brigades and its achievements during combat.
One of the soldiers received a special award – a medal “For courage.” Last summer, the soldier, Kostiantyn, evacuated his fellow servicemen when Russian-led militant forces shelled their vehicle with an anti-tank missile.
“An anti-tank missile flew directly into the cabin. I was just walking and happened to be not far from them. The guys were on fire, I dragged them out. One of them died almost immediately, and another received leg injuries, they say that he will live,” Kostiantyn said.
This week marks the start of icy cold winter months and harsh weather conditions on the frontline.
“When there’s fog, you don’t know where the shooting is coming from. You cannot relax because it can hit anywhere,” said one of the soldiers.
Russian-led militants continue to attack Ukrainian positions on an almost daily basis. They use weapons banned under the Minsk peace accords. But many of the soldiers stay positive.
“I don’t see the point of being here if you’re just going to be sad all the time and think about bad things. On the contrary, you have to stay positive, smile, and enjoy life,” Ukrainian soldier Oleh said.