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Two military couples who met at war celebrate wedding in Donbas
DRUZHKIVKA, Donetsk Oblast — Love can blossom even on the battlefield. While Russia’s war has been a heavy burden for Ukrainians to bear, even those in the thick of the fighting find the time to celebrate life, love and happiness. Two military couples, both halves of which fight for Ukraine’
Illia Ponomarenko: Even if Russia attacks, Ukraine’s fall is not predestined
Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in the op-ed section are those of the authors. It’s important not to lose the battle before it even begins. Right now, the Russia-instigated security crisis in Ukraine is threatening to become an all-out war of occupation. Against all the voices of reason,
Ukraine’s military strive for long service contracts
The military will try to switch to 10-year contracts to combat high personnel turnover.
Zelensky issues decree to bolster Ukraine's military
President Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree on Feb. 1 to increase the total number of active service personnel with the Armed Forces and improve the conditions of service in the military. The document, signed to "bolster the nation's defense capacity and the appeal of military service," says that the armed
Ukraine ratifies deal with UK to boost navy
Ukraine's parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, has ratified a deal to get a loan worth $2.3 billion (1.7 billion pounds) from the United Kingdom and procure warships and key naval infrastructure. The bill was supported by 236 lawmakers in the final voting on Jan. 27. The deal particularly envisages
Government to create 150 Territorial Defense battalions
Ukraine’s Defense Ministry announced on Jan. 18 that it was speeding up the formation of 25 Territorial Defense Force brigades, which will be made up of over 150 battalions in total. The announcement was made in a statement summarizing a meeting held between Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov and the
Ukraine receives $450 million in foreign defense aid in 2021
Amid Russia's ongoing war, Ukraine in 2021 ended up getting a total of nearly $450 million in defense assistance, mainly from the United States, UK, Lithuania, and Latvia. The shipments to help Ukraine defend itself from Russian aggression included weapons, vehicles, medical equipment, munitions, and many other items, according to
Who can and can't join Ukraine's Territorial Defense Force
Starting from 2022, Ukraine's Territorial Defense Force will be a standalone branch of the country's armed forces. It's calling on all willing volunteers to join and help to defend their own homes as "weekend warriors" — working their usual civilian jobs but doing occasional drills and exercises in their spare time.
Ukraine's soldiers may soon get better, warmer boots
It looks like Ukraine's military can soon expect a new goodie to stay warm in the nasty weather. The Armed Forces are currently completing field tests of new soldier boots for wintertime. These are expected to outmatch standard-issue models produced by Ukrainian company Talan, a major contractor for the military.
Explained: New requirement for Ukrainian women to register for possible military, civil defense service
A recent order of the Defense Ministry requiring women of certain professions to register for possible military service caused a stir in Ukraine. The order, which came into effect on Dec. 17, lists 100 professions. All Ukrainian women who are from 18 to 60-years-old and employed in these professions must
NATO chief Stoltenberg says Russian military buildup continues unabated, as he meets Zelensky in Brussels
Despite all the diplomatic efforts made in the past few weeks, NATO sees no signs that Russia's military buildup next to Ukraine is stopping or slowing down, according to the Alliance's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. On the contrary, Russia's preparation is continuing, the official asserted on Dec. 16 during his