The volunteer fighter: ‘Life will never be the same’ | news

As Russian troops amassed on the Ukrainian border, 22-year-old Volodymyr Ksienich decided to leave his job working for an NGO in Warsaw to return to his Ukrainian homeland in its hour of crisis.

He describes to Michael Safi how he and his father joined a territorial support unit in Kyiv where he has been learning to operate an automatic rifle, spending nights in the woods preparing to repel a Russian attack.

He says he has no ill will towards ordinary Russians but that he will not shirk from his duty if he is forced to defend himself. And he is calling on Europe to maintain the pressure on Vladimir Putin.

Ukrainian civilians learn how to build a shelter out of the deep snow.  (Photo by GENYA SAVILOV/AFP via Getty Images)

Photograph: Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images

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