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Pabrade
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Jun 2017

Lithuanian military and its NATO allies, trained to fight together in urban conflict scenarios.

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Pabrade
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Jun 2017

Lithuanian military and its NATO allies, trained to fight together in urban conflict scenarios.

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Pabrade
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Jun 2017

Lithuanian military and its NATO allies, trained to fight together in urban conflict scenarios.

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Pabrade
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Jun 2017

Lithuanian military and its NATO allies, trained to fight together in urban conflict scenarios.

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Pabrade
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Jun 2017

Lithuanian military and its NATO allies, trained to fight together in urban conflict scenarios.

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Pabrade
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Jun 2017

Lithuanian military and its NATO allies, trained to fight together in urban conflict scenarios.

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Pabrade
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Jun 2017

Lithuanian military and its NATO allies, trained to fight together in urban conflict scenarios.

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Pabrade
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Jun 2017

Lithuanian military and its NATO allies, trained to fight together in urban conflict scenarios.

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Pabrade
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Jun 2017

Lithuanian military and its NATO allies, trained to fight together in urban conflict scenarios.

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Pabrade
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Jun 2017

Lithuanian military and its NATO allies, trained to fight together in urban conflict scenarios.

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Pabrade
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Jun 2017

Lithuanian military and its NATO allies, trained to fight together in urban conflict scenarios.

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Pabrade
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Jun 2017

Lithuanian military and its NATO allies, trained to fight together in urban conflict scenarios.

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Pabrade
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Jun 2017

Lithuanian military and its NATO allies, trained to fight together in urban conflict scenarios.

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Pabrade
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Jun 2017

Lithuanian military and its NATO allies, trained to fight together in urban conflict scenarios.

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Pabrade
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Jun 2017

Lithuanian military and its NATO allies, trained to fight together in urban conflict scenarios.

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Pabrade
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Jun 2017

Lithuanian military and its NATO allies, trained to fight together in urban conflict scenarios.

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Pabrade
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Jun 2017

Lithuanian military and its NATO allies, trained to fight together in urban conflict scenarios.

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Pabrade
By Benas Gerdziunas
15 Jun 2017

Lithuanian military and its NATO allies, trained to fight together in urban conflict scenarios.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
13 Nov 2016

Vytautas Pusvaskis joined the Soviet resistance in 1945 when he was 15 years old. He worked as an informant and a helper due to his young age. Vytautas was eventually captured and sentenced to death. At the same time, death was abolished in the Soviet Union and he was instead sent to a forced labour camp in Moldova, where he survived for 8 years before faking an illness and securing release. “I joined the RU in 1991, and I’m 87 years old now; and so I still serve.”

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
13 Nov 2016

Youngsters can join the union at the age of 11, but will not touch a real weapon until the age of 18. Regardless, militarised structure and discipline takes the leading role in their activities.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
06 Nov 2016

National Defence Volunteers (KASP), part of the Lithuanian armed forces, storm a building occupied by the RU, who pose as the separatists.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
06 Nov 2016

RU mount a formidable defense against the attacking infantry.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
06 Nov 2016

KASP is bogged down in close-quarters combat, with the heavily entrenched RU fighters.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
06 Nov 2016

Flare launched by the attacking military forces signals for the three-pronged attack to begin; heavy snow has fallen overnight.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
05 Nov 2016

RU member prepares dud IEDs, to ring the ‘separatist’ HQ.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
05 Nov 2016

Members of the RU wait for the assault to begin. Mindaugas, pictured on the left, said: “It’s just weird how a tiny country Lithuania is perceived by a much greater country, in the sense of size, as an enemy to them.”

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
05 Nov 2016

RU detain a ‘civilian’ carrying an IED through a makeshift checkpoint.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
05 Nov 2016

Members of the RU prepare a meal on an open fire. All supplies are self-funded.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
05 Nov 2016

RU commanders discuss last-minute defense plans for the morning’s assault.

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Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
22 Oct 2016

Neimantas Psilenskis, a member of the RU since he was 14 years old, gets married in the Kaunas Garrison Church. After permission was given to wear the ceremonial uniform, he was greeted by the Honorary Guard himself.

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Kiev
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
05 May 2015

May 5, 2015, Kiev, Kiev Oblast, Ukraine. The volunteer battalions represent the most motivated and well trained units of the Ukrainian forces fighting the Russian backed separatists. Battalions like Azov and Donbass have been fighting since the beginning of the so called 'anti terrorist operation" in the spring 2014, often suffering heavy casualties against the better trained and equipped separatists. The amount of casualties taken sees a constant need for new recruits which can fill in the ranks before being sent to the front after a few weeks training in the Kiev area, such as ther base in the West of the capital. Young men who volunteer to join up the Azov battalion are being trained in the art of war with shooting practices, first aid, or even team work and PT training. New recruits are standing at attention before a training session. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Kiev
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
05 May 2015

May 5, 2015, Kiev, Kiev Oblast, Ukraine. The volunteer battalions represent the most motivated and well trained units of the Ukrainian forces fighting the Russian backed separatists. Battalions like Azov and Donbass have been fighting since the beginning of the so called 'anti terrorist operation" in the spring 2014, often suffering heavy casualties against the better trained and equipped separatists. The amount of casualties taken sees a constant need for new recruits which can fill in the ranks before being sent to the front after a few weeks training in the Kiev area, such as ther base in the West of the capital. Young men who volunteer to join up the Azov battalion are being trained in the art of war with shooting practices, first aid, or even team work and PT training. A group of Azov trainees are resting after an exercise. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Kiev
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
05 May 2015

May 5, 2015, Kiev, Kiev Oblast, Ukraine. The volunteer battalions represent the most motivated and well trained units of the Ukrainian forces fighting the Russian backed separatists. Battalions like Azov and Donbass have been fighting since the beginning of the so called 'anti terrorist operation" in the spring 2014, often suffering heavy casualties against the better trained and equipped separatists. The amount of casualties taken sees a constant need for new recruits which can fill in the ranks before being sent to the front after a few weeks training in the Kiev area, such as ther base in the West of the capital. Young men who volunteer to join up the Azov battalion are being trained in the art of war with shooting practices, first aid, or even team work and PT training. Recruits are learning how to use a tourniquet as if wounded. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Kiev
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
05 May 2015

May 5, 2015, Kiev, Kiev Oblast, Ukraine. The volunteer battalions represent the most motivated and well trained units of the Ukrainian forces fighting the Russian backed separatists. Battalions like Azov and Donbass have been fighting since the beginning of the so called 'anti terrorist operation" in the spring 2014, often suffering heavy casualties against the better trained and equipped separatists. The amount of casualties taken sees a constant need for new recruits which can fill in the ranks before being sent to the front after a few weeks training in the Kiev area, such as ther base in the West of the capital. Young men who volunteer to join up the Azov battalion are being trained in the art of war with shooting practices, first aid, or even team work and PT training. Recruits are learning how to keep a good position while using their machine gun. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Kiev
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
05 May 2015

May 5, 2015, Kiev, Kiev Oblast, Ukraine. The volunteer battalions represent the most motivated and well trained units of the Ukrainian forces fighting the Russian backed separatists. Battalions like Azov and Donbass have been fighting since the beginning of the so called 'anti terrorist operation" in the spring 2014, often suffering heavy casualties against the better trained and equipped separatists. The amount of casualties taken sees a constant need for new recruits which can fill in the ranks before being sent to the front after a few weeks training in the Kiev area, such as ther base in the West of the capital. Young men who volunteer to join up the Azov battalion are being trained in the art of war with shooting practices, first aid, or even team work and PT training. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Kiev
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
05 May 2015

May 5, 2015, Kiev, Kiev Oblast, Ukraine. The volunteer battalions represent the most motivated and well trained units of the Ukrainian forces fighting the Russian backed separatists. Battalions like Azov and Donbass have been fighting since the beginning of the so called 'anti terrorist operation" in the spring 2014, often suffering heavy casualties against the better trained and equipped separatists. The amount of casualties taken sees a constant need for new recruits which can fill in the ranks before being sent to the front after a few weeks training in the Kiev area, such as ther base in the West of the capital. Young men who volunteer to join up the Azov battalion are being trained in the art of war with shooting practices, first aid, or even team work and PT training. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
02 May 2015

May 2, 2015, Shirokino, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. Donbass soldiers are occupying destroyed positions on the front lines facing separatists. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Mariupol
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
02 May 2015

May 2, 2015, Shirokino, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. A patrol of Donbass soldiers are returning to the line after entering separatists territory. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)

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Shirokino, Donbass Oblast
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
02 May 2015

May 2, 2015, Shirokino, Donbass Oblast, Ukraine. With the Minsk II cease fire accords, Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian army were ordered to withdraw all heavy weapons from the front lines in order to give the peace plan a chance to work. On most of the 450KM front line the agreement worked except in a few flash points such as Lugansk, Peske near the Donetsk airport and Shirokino near the port of Mariupol. In the past two weeks, the fighting between the two forces has increased dramatically, therefore putting the cease fire agreement in doubt, as many fear the fighting will erupt all along the line as it did last February. Near Mariupol, volunteer battalions like the Azov and Donbass units are fighting each day in the small town of Shirokino to keep control of the strategic town from separatists forces. Heavy fighting erupts on a daily basis. A Donbass patrol is moving to a new location as fighting flares up. (Jonathan Alpeyrie/Transterra Media)