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Love on the front line: Ukrainian couple tie the knot in wartime ceremony

Walking down the aisle is a moment that everyone wants to savour. You might take it slow to let the magical moment sink in, or it could be a case of nerves setting in.

When the Russian invasion of Ukraine began last month, Lesia Ivashchenko left her job to join territorial defence forces and defend her district on the outskirts of Kyiv.

Having not seen her partner, Valerii Fylymonov, since the beginning of the Russian invasion, the pair knew that their reunion was going to be a special one, and decided to get married on the front line on Sunday 6 March.

It turned out that their squad members in the force were behind them, and even the commanders contributed to organising a ceremony that was attended by the mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, and his world-renowned boxer brother Wladimir Klitschko. Taras Kompanichenko, a well-known Ukrainian artist who volunteers in the territorial defence force, played music at the wedding.

“We decided who knows what will happen tomorrow,” said Lesia. “We should get married in front of the state, in front of God.”

What a brilliant outlook on life to have in the face of adversity.

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