Ukrainian men prepare for war with Russia amid tearful family farewells


Ukrainian men prepare for war with Russia amid tearful family farewells

  • More than 3 million Ukrainians have fled since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24
  • Ukrainian men, between the ages of 18 and 60, were banned from leaving the country to support war efforts.
  • “I will never leave Ukraine.” Millions of Ukrainian women have chosen to stay with men.

LVIV, Ukraine – Iryna Kotz calls her husband every morning to ask if the night was calm, even though she monitors air raid sirens from hundreds of miles away via an app on her phone and knows that these days it’s is rarely the case. When her children ask when they will see their father again, she has no good answers for them.

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