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Defending the Country, Hundreds of Men Join the Ukrainian Army

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Hundreds of men queue in the capital Kyiv to enlist and join the Ukrainian army.

An order issued by the government prohibits men aged 18-60 from leaving the country to provide resources for military service. Some, like Volodymyr Onysko, told Britain’s “Sky News” that he had volunteered to join. He said there was no doubt that the Ukrainian troops would win, because they know what they are doing, unlike the Russians.

One man who had been recruited said he felt it was his “duty” to join the Ukrainian army. “I want to fight. I want my family to return to Ukraine as soon as possible,” Vyacheslav Radchenko told Sky.

Elsewhere in the capital were long lines of people waiting to enter shops selling military uniforms and camouflage clothing. They seem eager to hoard whatever will help them prepare for the worst.

Meanwhile more and more refugees came from the east to the Kyiv station. Including British army veteran Mark Ayres, who said he had traveled to Kyiv to join the battle. He admits that he might die, but insists he doesn’t think of himself as a hero. “I have no illusions. I have no romantic idea about war,” he said. [em/lt]

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