The war in Ukraine has killed thousands and forced millions from their homes. In the midst of this chaos, the story of a couple who gets married at the front, dressed in military uniform and serenaded by soldiers, wins the internet.
Videos circulating on social media platforms show the couple – Lesya and Valeriy – joining the territorial defense and celebrating the wedding near Kiev.
Volunteers from one of the 112th battalions of the Kiev Special Troop Brigade are married.
Lesya and Valeriy have been together for twenty years and have an 18-year-old daughter, but they still haven’t had time to get married. #Ukrainepic.twitter.com/R9ms9WhpUT
— Ukraine Update 🇺🇦 (@Ukrain_War) March 6, 2022
Lesya can be seen with a bouquet of flowers and both have champagne glasses in their hands.
Lesya and Valeriy are surrounded by their comrades who hear the local tunes singing. One of the soldiers plays tunes on a traditional Ukrainian musical instrument.
The bride is seen wearing a white veil, instead of a camouflaged helmet, and holding Valeriy’s hands.
The video was first shared by Paul Ronzheimer, reporter for the German news channel Bild. It was later singled out by several others and has now been viewed thousands of times.
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