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Benas Gerdziunas Lithuania 12
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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Benas Gerdziunas Lithuania 13
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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Benas Gerdziunas Lithuania 08
Lithuania
By Benas Gerdziunas
06 Nov 2016

RU mount a formidable defense against the attacking infantry.

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Benas Gerdziunas Lithuania 09
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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Benas Gerdziunas Lithuania 10
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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Benas Gerdziunas Lithuania 04
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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Benas Gerdziunas Lithuania 07
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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Agent Orange's Adverse Legacy in Vietnam
Hanoi
By Pablo L. Orosa
24 Nov 2014

40 years after the end of Vietnam War, 150.000 Vietnamese children are still suffering the consequences of Agent Orange: cancer, malformations and social stigma. Due to their severe illness and congenital defects, most of the victims cannot find a job which increase their social stigma. In 2008, only 200.000 victims of Agent Orange got the subsides and the medical assistance provided by Vietnam´s Government. 

These photos feature victims of the adverse effects of the chemical still faced by Vietnamese civilians today.

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Agent Orange 7
Hanoi
By Pablo L. Orosa
24 Nov 2014

Ninh My is one of the victims of Agent Orange. She is 18 years old, but she is neither able to speak nor write.

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Hanoi
By Pablo L. Orosa
24 Nov 2014

A few Vietnamese soldiers affected by Agent Orange live in the Vietnam Friendship Village, a center founded in 1992 by George Mizo, an American veteran of the Vietnam War.

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Hanoi
By Pablo L. Orosa
24 Nov 2014

Cancer, diabetes, intellectual disabilities and severe malformations are the consequences of Agent Orange that 3 million of Vietnamese are still suffering today.

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Libyan Army Patrols al-Watiya Air Base
al-Watiya
By Mourad TEYEB
02 Nov 2014

Footage from December 2014 shows the Libyan Army patrols protecting Al-Watiya air base, west of Tripoli, from invading militias; and a take-off and landing of a Libyan warplane.

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Agent Orange 01
Hanoi
By Pablo L. Orosa
31 Oct 2014

40 years after the end of Vietnam War, 150.000 Vietnamese children are still suffering the consequences of Agent Orange: cancer, malformations and social stigma.

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Hanoi
By Pablo L. Orosa
31 Oct 2014

In the Vietnam Friendship Village, victims learn how to sew and work with flowers. The aim of this vocational training is to prepare them to set up a business when they leave the center. Start their own business is often the only solution for these young people, children and grandchildren of Vietnamese bombarded with chemicals.

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Agent Orange 02
Hanoi
By Pablo L. Orosa
31 Oct 2014

Since 1975, the rate of birth defects has quadrupled in Vietnam.

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Hanoi
By Pablo L. Orosa
31 Oct 2014

The Vietnam Friendship Village, in the outskirts of Hanoi, look after a hundred of victims to whom they provide special education, health care and vocational training.

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Hanoi
By Pablo L. Orosa
11 Oct 2014

Due to their severe illness and congenital defects, most of the victims cannot find a job which increase their social stigma. In 2008, only 200.000 victims of Agent Orange got the subsides and the medical assistance provided by Vietnam´s Government.

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Volunteers Upgrade Ukrainian Tanks, S...
Sloviansk
By Andrey Samerkhanov
07 Sep 2014

Date: September 8, 2014
Location: Sloviansk, Ukraine
Length: 3:51

When a shaped charge penetrates the armour of a vehicle, there is a massive build-up of heat that burns through the armour and threatens to kill the crew. Shaped charge protection prevents the round penetrating the vehicle armour and triggers the explosion outside the vehicle, in which case, the vehicle is likely to remain combat ready. A resident of Vinnitsa Oblast, Leonid, organized a team of volunteer welders after seeing his fellow countrymen die in conflict. He lead the team to Sloviansk where they are installing shaped charge protection onto Ukrainian combat vehicles.

Myroslav Gai from Kiev served in the National Guard of Ukraine as a volunteer and took part in the ground action in Sloviansk. After being rotated out, he organised a charity to provide aid to servicemen and refugees. Donations from people around the region have been used to buy the necessary materials for Leonid’s team of welders to manufacture and mount the shaped charge protection. Myroslav and Leonid’s objective is to equip 100 armoured vehicles with the potentially life-saving cage.

Shotlist:
A craftsman cuts the metal bars.
A craftsman takes measurements for the protective screens.
Craftsmen welding.
A craftsman demonstrates the mechanical window in the shaped charge protection.
Craftsmen assemble the shaped charge protection screen.
Craftsmen install the shaped charge protection.

SOUNDBITE 1
Myroslav, former National Guard serviceman
“The shaped charge protection screen. In simple terms – it is a metal cage encircling the armoured vehicle, which traps the charge, for example a rocket from a RPG (handheld launcher).”

“An incoming RPG charge explodes and burns out between the cage and main armour. The crew, therefore, survives.”

SOUNDBITE 2
Leonid, professional welder
“After losing some of our fellow countrymen, who burned alive because shaped charges hit their armoured vehicles, we decided to create a shaped charge protection. We did all the designing, manufacturing and testing. The live fire test revealed that the armour on the vehicle stays intact.”

SOUNDBITE 3
Myroslav, former National Guard serviceman
“The main thing is that these folks can install the protection in the field. There are not many people who would agree to go to a military base, where military action could start at any time.”

SOUNDBITE 4
Leonid, professional welder
“Every protective cage is being welded independently, after which they are all put together and bolted as a single structure. Afterwards, they are welded strongly to the armoured vehicle.”

SOUNDBITE 5
Myroslav, former National Guard serviceman
“Our target is to fix the protection to as many armoured vehicles as possible, since the Ukrainian army has only a limited quantity of such vehicles and those get destroyed in combat, along with the people in them.”

SOUNDBITE 6
Leonid, professional welder
“In a very short period of time we installed the protection onto seven armoured vehicles. At the same time, we install protective screens and repair the vehicles damaged in action.”

SOUNDBITE 7
Myroslav, former National Guard serviceman
“We have managed to collect significant amounts of money through donations. Only the materials used in manufacturing the protection for one vehicle is 24,000 UAH. Leonid thanks God and will take money only to reimburse the materials. The real costs are paying craftsmen’s hours and transportation, which we can’t afford. Therefore, their assistance is appreciated.”

SOUNDBITE 8
Leonid, professional welder
“I receive many text messages from the army unit for which we installed the protection screens. As a rule, I receive them at night. In the morning, my phone is bursting with the phone calls: ‘Thank you so much, uncle Lyonya. We got entrapped and shelled, but all are alive.’ Such gratitude is the most valuable thing I ever encountered in my life.”

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The Talisman
Krasny Partizan
By Andrey Samerkhanov
07 Sep 2014

Date: September 7, 2014
Location: Krasny Partizan near Horlivka, Ukraine
Length: 2:06
Ukrainian volunteers supply National Guards and the Ukrainian Army with all necessary equipment – they collect money for medical supplies, kevlar helmets, body armors, etc.. The equipment is then delivered to the troops on the front line.
Ukrainian soldiers also receive support letters from children from all over the country.
Each envelope also contains a talisman; the Swallow in the colors of the national flag of Ukraine.

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The Azerbaijan Army Today
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Mais Istanbuli
18 Jun 2013

The Azerbaijani army celebrates the 95th anniversary of the formation of the National Army of Azerbaijan in the Karabakh region of Agdam. The National Army of Azerbaijan was formed on June 26, 1918 and consists of the army, air force and air defense forces, and naval forces. The modern Azerbaijani army was established in 1993, during the Nagorno-Karabakh war, on the basis that urban militias were associated with local self-defense groups.

In 1998, the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan amounted to more than 72,000 people. The Army (55,600 men and officers) had 245 tanks, 335 armored combat vehicles, about 300 field artillery pieces, missile systems, mortars, and more than 60 air defense missile systems. Air Force and Air Defense Forces (10.4 million people) had 37 combat air-crafts, 15 combat helicopters, and 100 air defense missile systems. The navy (2.2 million people) had 39 combat ships and boats. In 2005, the Armed Forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan had 95 thousand personnel, including the Army, Air Defense, and the Navy. By 2010, the size of the armed forces reduced to 66,940 personnel.

Since September 1999, the Azerbaijani military has been exercising peacekeeping in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. The army's main international partners include Turkey, Ukraine, Pakistan, Israel, Slovenia, the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

In 1988, a war started between Armenians and Azerbaijanis in the Caucasus region, which was fueled by inter-communal conflict that took place the preceding year. By December 1988, most Armenians and Azerbaijanis were involved in the conflict, as it transformed from a local problem in Nagorno-Karabakh to an "open inter-ethnic confrontation", according to AN Yamskov.

Between 1991-1994, the conflict led to large-scale military action for control of Nagorno-Karabakh and some surrounding territories. On May 5, 1994, a ceasefire agreement, the Bishkek Protocol, was signed between Armenia and the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, on one hand, and Azerbaijan, on the other hand.

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The Azerbaijani Army Today (15 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

A group of soldiers build bypass trenches on the border conjoining them with the Armenian armed forces. The Azerbaijani army celebrates the 95th anniversary of the formation of the National Army of Azerbaijan in the Karabakh region of Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani Army Today (13 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

The Azerbaijani army celebrates the 95th anniversary of the formation of the National Army of Azerbaijan in the Karabakh region of Agdam. The National Army of Azerbaijan
was formed on June 26, 1918. Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani Army Today (12 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

Young soldiers take their position in the military foothold. The Azerbaijani army celebrates the 95th anniversary of the formation of the National Army of Azerbaijan in the Karabakh region of Agdam. The National Army of Azerbaijan
was formed on June 26, 1918. Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani Army Today (11 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

Young graduate of Higher Military School, Lieutenant Anar Karimov, in line preparing for duty, beside his soldiers dressed in helmets and bulletproof vests in Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani Army Today (10 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

A soldier resting on vacation before heading to battle or post in Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani Army Today (8 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

The army takes its position in Karabakh, 200 meters away from the position of the Armenians in Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani Army Today (7 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

The trench on the front lines of the military foothold in Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani Army Today (3 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

A minefield in front the Armenian military foothold in Karabakh, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani Army Today (2 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

A minefield in front of the Armenian military foothold in Karabakh, Azerbaijan, June 2013.

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The Azerbaijani Army Today (1 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

The Azerbaijan army works to strengthen the minefields in Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani army today (20 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

The battalion made up of young soldiers line up for training. The Azerbaijani army celebrates the 95th anniversary of the formation of the National Army of Azerbaijan in the Karabakh region of Agdam. The National Army of Azerbaijan was formed on June 26, 1918. Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani army today (19 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

Many of the soldiers were born after the truce of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Nevertheless, they are prepared in arms to defend the sovereign integrity of their country. The Azerbaijani army celebrates the 95th anniversary of the formation of the National Army of Azerbaijan in the Karabakh region of Agdam. The National Army of Azerbaijan
was formed on June 26, 1918. Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani army today (18 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

The Azerbaijani army celebrates the 95th anniversary of the formation of the National Army of Azerbaijan in the Karabakh region of Agdam. The National Army of Azerbaijan
was formed on June 26, 1918. Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.

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The Azerbaijani army today (17 of 20)
Agdam, Azerbaijan
By Tofik Babayev
18 Jun 2013

Soldiers dressed in proper uniform take their position in the military foothold. The Azerbaijani army celebrates the 95th anniversary of the formation of the National Army of Azerbaijan in the Karabakh region of Agdam. The National Army of Azerbaijan was formed on June 26, 1918. Agdam, Azerbaijan, June, 2013.