Friday, August 4, 2017

Ap Photos Children in war-Torn Ukraine Learn the Art of War

At Chron by frem Lukatsky, 

Instead of swimming and playing volleyball, hundreds of children in war-torn Ukraine have spent this summer assembling Kalashnikov rifles and mastering the art of war. As the deadly conflict in eastern Ukraine entered its third year, some parents here are anxious to make sure their children are ready to fight pro-Russia rebels.

Nearly 10,000 people have been killed in fighting between Russia-backed separatists and government troops in Ukraine's east since 2014, and despite a cease-fire being formally in place, civilians and troops still die and get injured almost on a daily basis.

The Azov volunteer battalion's members have been fighting on the eastern front, becoming notorious for their far-right views. It has set up a two-week paramilitary program for children, and as of early August, more than 850 children have received training at seven Azov camps across the country.

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