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 "Without waiting for call-up papers, they took up arms to repel aggressor," - Ukraine marks volunteer battalions anniversary. VIDEO

Today, Ukraine marks the 2nd anniversary of volunteer battalions whose soldiers and officers faced the first hellish days of war with Russia and the most difficult battles.

As reported by Censor.NET, when such units started to appear, many doubted their effectiveness, but volunteers showed they were capable of giving a robust rebuff to the aggressor. Interior Minister Arsen Avakov says it on his Facebook page.

"Today, we mark the 2nd anniversary of setting up Interior Ministry volunteer battalions. Many people warned me against this step - feared and doubted. But the time has shown that the guys from volunteer battalions has made a fundamental contribution to rebuffing the aggressor. Don't forget about it! This fit cost much in those hard days and probably saved the country. Glory to fallen heroes! Glory to soldiers and officers! Glory to Ukraine!" Avakov wrote.

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