The 24th assault battalion "Aidar" and the glorious Afghan company are showcasing young recruits. Heroes of the last August are rare, but morale is as high and the Afghan traditions are kept and honored, battle experience being adopted. No rookies here - just excellent young soldiers, not forced but motivated.
The assault "Afghan" company of the 24th assault battalion "Aidar". In the foreground - the company's commander Said at a rehearsal of the Ukrainian army honor march on Khreshchatyk dedicated to Ukraine's Independence Day
The army will be marching on Khreshchatyk, and it is perfect that the command has invited Aidar to partake. I took a picture of the company's commander - a well-known at the front Lieutenant Said - a veteran of battles near Luhansk, who went through the hell of summer hostilities from A to Z. The next photo shows Shturm - this is he, a squad leader then, who was taking the fatally wounded Oleh Mykhniuk from Novosvitlivka a year ago. Shturm is no longer in service... A lot of those demobilized from Aidar came to Khreshchatyk to stand side by side with their comrades.
A fighter of the assault "Afghan" company of the first enrollment Volodymyr Pravosudov - call sign Shturm - is standing before a rank of the 24th volunteer assault battalion "Aidar" at the battalion's banner.
When I watched a military unit of Ukrainian regular army chanting in unison slogans of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, I remembered a famous statement by Bandera (a leader of the Ukrainian nationalist and independence movement - ed.) that a day will come, and millions on the square will shout out "Glory to Ukraine." Bandera's words are now pronounced by soldiers-patriots, for whom "Death to enemies!" is an order to engage in battle. It means that everything was not in vain.
The march on Khreshchatyk will not be accompanied by armored vehicles. But preparations are nonetheless impressive. Perfectly chosen and well equipped squares of all kinds of troops. This outfit is far from being redundant at the front. But these guys will return to the ATO area freshly equipped. Riflemen, paratroopers, marines, border guards, national guards - tall, energetic and organized. Best of the best. They are waited for at the front, and the march is an honor for them, not a show. This is a kind of army we have never had. Our pride for these guys is our pride for Ukraine.
I hope that during the march the president will not fail to say a few words in memory of those heroes, who exactly one year ago, Aug. 24, bore the brunt of Russian invaders and laid their lives for that first parade of freedom. It would be honorable. The gratitude should be also addressed to those in tight conditions at the moment, sitting in trenches and dugouts at strong holds under constant fire. The gratitude should be addressed to volunteer soldiers not only from army units (it would be perfect to invite, for example, volunteers from Azov and Right Sector). It is important not to forget those who went to war without orders and subpoenas. The atmosphere on Khreshchatyk is simply magnificent.
Khreshchatyk is seeing the army, which will never let its people be enslaved.
Yes, this is not a Victory day. The victory is yet to be gained. But we already have the Victory soldiers.
The first to march on Khreshchatyk are border guards.
The next four pictures are from social networks.
A National Guard rank is moving on Khreshchatyk past a marine infantry company. All the soldiers are the pick of the bunch - tall and stout, wearing a full set of brand-new equipment.
Yurii Butusov. Censor.NET