They comb the forests, occupy “abandoned buildings”, practice shooting and reflect the “fire” of the enemy. They are not regular troops, although if Russia attacked next year, they could join the Ukrainian army in the fighting in the ranks of volunteer units. Several thousand Ukrainians have already signed up for them, and they are preparing for war during regular exercises. A third of Ukrainians would go to defend the country against the Russian attack.
In the vicinity of the old factory near Kiev, several dozen volunteers meet regularly every weekend for several hours of training. It includes practical tasks, such as planting an anti-tank mine or providing first aid to the wounded during the ongoing shooting, as well as lectures, such as possible plans for a Russian advance on Ukrainian territory.
The training is mostly provided by veterans of the fighting with pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country. “I must be ready to take up arms at any time and go where my commander orders me to do so.” Forty-five-year-old Andriy Kudinov, who works at a bank on weekdays while practicing his military skills on weekends, said in an interview with the Telegraph.
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