A brave couple of Ukrainian soldiers exchanged vows at the front in Kyiv when Vitali Klitschko was pictured kissing the bride for good luck.
Territorial defense fighters Valeri and Lesya, who have reportedly been together for over 20 years, decided to hold an impromptu wedding at a city checkpoint on the 11th day of fighting.
The newlyweds were also greeted by the mayor Vitali Klitschko, who visited the area today and congratulated the couple.
Sharing the heartwarming video on Twitter, Klitschko said: “Today I greeted the soldiers of one of the battalions of the capital’s defense Lesya and Valeri.
“They have lived in a civil marriage for a long time, and now they have decided to get married.
“The ceremony took place next to one of the checkpoints. Life goes on!
“And we will protect the life of Kyiv, the Kievans, our state!”
The happy couple can be seen sipping champagne surrounded by their mates.
Lesya has temporarily swapped her helmet for a veil and is holding a bouquet of flowers.
The mayor of Kyiv is seen hugging Lesya and giving her flowers before kissing her on the cheek for good luck.
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His post received hundreds of comments, most of which wished the newlyweds a happy life.
Vitali went to the front this morning alongside his ex-heavyweight boxing world champion brother Wladimir They are “ready to die for Ukraine”.
The two brothers were visiting a military checkpoint on the outskirts of the capital ahead of a Russian siege after a 40-mile convoy was sighted en route to Kyiv this week.
“I’m very proud to see how patriotic people are,” he told CNN.
“We don’t care how strong the Russian army is, we are ready to fight.
“And we are willing to die for our homeland and our families because it is our home.
“It’s our future and someone wants to come to our house and steal our future.”
It comes as:
It comes as Ukrainian President Zelenskyy said Russian forces are preparing to bomb the city of Odessa.
He said in a televised speech: “Russians always came to Odessa. You only ever felt warmth in Odessa.
“Only sincerity. And what’s next? Bombs against Odessa? Artillery against Odessa? Missiles against Odessa?
“It will be a war crime. It will be a historic crime.”
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At least eight people were killed in the attack, as shocking photos show bodies spread out on the side of the road.
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