Ukrainian soldiers get married on the frontline near Kyiv

Ukrainian soldiers get married on the frontline near Kyiv
Vitali Klitschko meets soldier during wedding at Ukraine checkpoint

A clip of Ukrainian soldiers getting married on the front lines of war has gone viral on social media.

Amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a couple was able to find a moment of joy as two Ukrainian soldiers were married on the streets of Kyiv surrounded by their comrades.

Despite the horrific situation, the pair were able to have a small wedding ceremony complete with flowers and a veil for the bride.

The clip of their impromptu wedding was shared by German war journalist Paul Ronzheimer who is reporting for BILD-Zeitung from within Kyiv.

It has been viewed over 1.7 million times and shows the couple dressed in camouflage clothing and surrounded by other soldiers, one of which serenades the newlyweds.

Ronzheimer captioned the video: “This couple, Lesya and Valeriy, just got married next to the frontline in Kyiv. They are with the territorial defense.”

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According to Politico, Ukraine’s Territorial Defense Force is a military branch of civilian reservists who are doing their best to fight back against the Russian invasion.

Over 1.5 million people have been forced to flee from their homes while others remain in Ukraine seeking safety in bomb shelters.

Eight civilians were reportedly killed while trying to flee the Kyiv suburb of Irpin.

Despite an agreed ceasefire meant to give civilians the opportunity to flee safely, Putin is accused of continuing to shell those trying to evacuate.

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