as War tore their country aparttwo Ukrainian civilian soldiers were forever linked by love.
Lesya Filimonova and Valeriy Filimonov got married in military uniforms in Kyiv on Sunday – flanked by soldiers and journalists in bulletproof vests armed with grenades and rockets. The Washington Post reported.
The emotional marriage took place at a checkpoint off a busy road amid the bloodthirsty Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The bride wore a veil with her camouflage, the groom wore a military helmet – and both wore yellow armbands identifying them as members of the country’s Territorial Defense Forces.
The couple, who had not seen each other since the war began late last month, joined the military reserve “because we have everything we love here and we have to defend it,” Filimonova said. “We have no intention of giving it away to the enemy.”
The traditional Orthodox ceremony included the passing of incense and a military helmet slipped over Filimonova’s head – instead of the usual crown.
The newlyweds’ daughter Ruslana, 18, watched via video call.
“It’s hard to call it unconditional happiness in this situation, but we certainly feel uplifted,” the bride said.
As the couple kissed, patriotic fervor erupted in the crowd.
“Glory to the family! Glory to the family! Glory to Ukraine!” they shouted, according to the report. “Honour to the heroes! Glory to the nation! Death to the enemies! Ukraine especially!”
https://nypost.com/2022/03/06/ukrainian-civilian-soldiers-wed-in-patriotic-frontline-nuptials-in-kyiv/ Ukrainian civilian soldiers got married in Kyiv on the patriotic front line