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Inside Ukraine's Territorial Defence Forces

New members of the Territorial Defence Forces train to operate RPG-7 anti-tank launcher during military exercises amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine March 9, 2022.  REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

New members of the Territorial Defence Forces train to operate RPG-7 anti-tank launcher during military exercises amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine March 9, 2022.  REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

New members of the Territorial Defence Forces train to operate RPG-7 anti-tank launcher during military exercises amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine March 9, 2022.  REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
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Members of Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces hide a road sign preventing navigation of the Russian army in Kyiv region, Ukraine March 8, 2022. REUTERS/Maksim Levin

Members of Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces hide a road sign preventing navigation of the Russian army in Kyiv region, Ukraine March 8, 2022. REUTERS/Maksim Levin

Members of Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces hide a road sign preventing navigation of the Russian army in Kyiv region, Ukraine March 8, 2022. REUTERS/Maksim Levin
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A member of the Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces stands inside a supermarket in the town of Bucha in the Kyiv region, Ukraine February 28, 2022. REUTERS/Maksim Levin

A member of the Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces stands inside a supermarket in the town of Bucha in the Kyiv region, Ukraine February 28, 2022. REUTERS/Maksim Levin

A member of the Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces stands inside a supermarket in the town of Bucha in the Kyiv region, Ukraine February 28, 2022. REUTERS/Maksim Levin
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Members of the Territorial Defence Forces of Ukraine load ammunition after receiving weapons to defend the city of Kyiv, Ukraine February 25, 2022. Mikhail Palinchak/Pool via REUTERS

Members of the Territorial Defence Forces of Ukraine load ammunition after receiving weapons to defend the city of Kyiv, Ukraine February 25, 2022. Mikhail Palinchak/Pool via REUTERS

Members of the Territorial Defence Forces of Ukraine load ammunition after receiving weapons to defend the city of Kyiv, Ukraine February 25, 2022. Mikhail Palinchak/Pool via REUTERS
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Civilians who volunteered to join the Territorial Defense Forces train on weapons in Odessa, Ukraine, March 7, 2022. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis

Civilians who volunteered to join the Territorial Defense Forces train on weapons in Odessa, Ukraine, March 7, 2022. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis

Civilians who volunteered to join the Territorial Defense Forces train on weapons in Odessa, Ukraine, March 7, 2022. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis
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A patch reading "Ukraine of death" is seen on a sleeve of a member of the Territorial Defence Forces of Ukraine in Kyiv, Ukraine February 26, 2022. REUTERS/Mikhail Palinchak

A patch reading "Ukraine of death" is seen on a sleeve of a member of the Territorial Defence Forces of Ukraine in Kyiv, Ukraine February 26, 2022. REUTERS/Mikhail Palinchak

A patch reading "Ukraine of death" is seen on a sleeve of a member of the Territorial Defence Forces of Ukraine in Kyiv, Ukraine February 26, 2022. REUTERS/Mikhail Palinchak
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A member of the Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces guard in central Odessa, Ukraine March 8, 2022. REUTERS/Iryna Nazarchuk

A member of the Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces guard in central Odessa, Ukraine March 8, 2022. REUTERS/Iryna Nazarchuk

A member of the Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces guard in central Odessa, Ukraine March 8, 2022. REUTERS/Iryna Nazarchuk
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An instructor conducts a military exercise for new members of the Territorial Defence Forces amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine March 9, 2022.  REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

An instructor conducts a military exercise for new members of the Territorial Defence Forces amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine March 9, 2022.  REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

An instructor conducts a military exercise for new members of the Territorial Defence Forces amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine March 9, 2022.  REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
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A new member of the Territorial Defence Forces trains to operate an NLAW anti-tank launcher during military exercises amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine March 9, 2022.  REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

A new member of the Territorial Defence Forces trains to operate an NLAW anti-tank launcher during military exercises amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine March 9, 2022.  REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

A new member of the Territorial Defence Forces trains to operate an NLAW anti-tank launcher during military exercises amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine March 9, 2022.  REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
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Civilians who volunteered to join the Territorial Defense Forces train on weapons, following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Odessa, Ukraine, March 7, 2022. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis

Civilians who volunteered to join the Territorial Defense Forces train on weapons, following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Odessa, Ukraine, March 7, 2022. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis

Civilians who volunteered to join the Territorial Defense Forces train on weapons, following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Odessa, Ukraine, March 7, 2022. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis
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A member of the Territorial Defence Forces of Ukraine holds a weapon, as Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine March 2, 2022.  REUTERS/Mikhail Palinchak

A member of the Territorial Defence Forces of Ukraine holds a weapon, as Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine March 2, 2022. REUTERS/Mikhail Palinchak

A member of the Territorial Defence Forces of Ukraine holds a weapon, as Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine March 2, 2022. REUTERS/Mikhail Palinchak
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New members of the Territorial Defence Forces wait for military exercises amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine March 9, 2022.  REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

New members of the Territorial Defence Forces wait for military exercises amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine March 9, 2022.  REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

New members of the Territorial Defence Forces wait for military exercises amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine March 9, 2022.  REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
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Civilians who volunteered to join the Territorial Defense Forces train on weapons in Odessa, Ukraine, March 7, 2022. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis

Civilians who volunteered to join the Territorial Defense Forces train on weapons in Odessa, Ukraine, March 7, 2022. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis

Civilians who volunteered to join the Territorial Defense Forces train on weapons in Odessa, Ukraine, March 7, 2022. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis
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An instructor holds an AT4 anti-tank launcher during military exercises for new members of the Territorial Defence Forces amid Russia's invasion, in Kyiv, Ukraine March 9, 2022.  REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

An instructor holds an AT4 anti-tank launcher during military exercises for new members of the Territorial Defence Forces amid Russia's invasion, in Kyiv, Ukraine March 9, 2022.  REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

An instructor holds an AT4 anti-tank launcher during military exercises for new members of the Territorial Defence Forces amid Russia's invasion, in Kyiv, Ukraine March 9, 2022.  REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
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A member of the Territorial Defence Forces stands guard at a checkpoint in Kyiv, Ukraine March 3, 2022. REUTERS/Mykola Tymchenko

A member of the Territorial Defence Forces stands guard at a checkpoint in Kyiv, Ukraine March 3, 2022. REUTERS/Mykola Tymchenko

A member of the Territorial Defence Forces stands guard at a checkpoint in Kyiv, Ukraine March 3, 2022. REUTERS/Mykola Tymchenko
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Instructors conduct military exercises for new members of the Territorial Defence Forces in Kyiv, Ukraine March 9, 2022.  REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Instructors conduct military exercises for new members of the Territorial Defence Forces in Kyiv, Ukraine March 9, 2022.  REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Instructors conduct military exercises for new members of the Territorial Defence Forces in Kyiv, Ukraine March 9, 2022.  REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
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A member of the Territorial Defence Forces stands guard at a checkpoint in Kyiv, Ukraine March 3, 2022. REUTERS/Mykola Tymchenko

A member of the Territorial Defence Forces stands guard at a checkpoint in Kyiv, Ukraine March 3, 2022. REUTERS/Mykola Tymchenko

A member of the Territorial Defence Forces stands guard at a checkpoint in Kyiv, Ukraine March 3, 2022. REUTERS/Mykola Tymchenko
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New members of the Territorial Defence Forces train to operate NLAW anti-tank launchers during military exercises in Kyiv, Ukraine March 9, 2022.  REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

New members of the Territorial Defence Forces train to operate NLAW anti-tank launchers during military exercises in Kyiv, Ukraine March 9, 2022.  REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

New members of the Territorial Defence Forces train to operate NLAW anti-tank launchers during military exercises in Kyiv, Ukraine March 9, 2022.  REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
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Civilians who volunteered to join the Territorial Defense Forces train on weapons in Odessa, Ukraine, March 7, 2022. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis

Civilians who volunteered to join the Territorial Defense Forces train on weapons in Odessa, Ukraine, March 7, 2022. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis

Civilians who volunteered to join the Territorial Defense Forces train on weapons in Odessa, Ukraine, March 7, 2022. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis
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A civilian who volunteered to join the Territorial Defense Forces holds a rifle during training in Odessa, Ukraine, March 7, 2022. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis

A civilian who volunteered to join the Territorial Defense Forces holds a rifle during training in Odessa, Ukraine, March 7, 2022. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis

A civilian who volunteered to join the Territorial Defense Forces holds a rifle during training in Odessa, Ukraine, March 7, 2022. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis
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A member of the Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces guards in central Kyiv, Ukraine March 7, 2022. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

A member of the Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces guards in central Kyiv, Ukraine March 7, 2022. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

A member of the Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces guards in central Kyiv, Ukraine March 7, 2022. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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Members of Ukraine's Territorial Defence Forces stand guard at a checkpoint in Kyiv, Ukraine, March 4, 2022. REUTERS/Mikhail Palinchak

Members of Ukraine's Territorial Defence Forces stand guard at a checkpoint in Kyiv, Ukraine, March 4, 2022. REUTERS/Mikhail Palinchak

Members of Ukraine's Territorial Defence Forces stand guard at a checkpoint in Kyiv, Ukraine, March 4, 2022. REUTERS/Mikhail Palinchak
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Members of the Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces hold NLAW anti tank launchers at a checkpoint in Kyiv, Ukraine March 6, 2022. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Members of the Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces hold NLAW anti tank launchers at a checkpoint in Kyiv, Ukraine March 6, 2022. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Members of the Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces hold NLAW anti tank launchers at a checkpoint in Kyiv, Ukraine March 6, 2022. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
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Members of the Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces are seen at a checkpoint in Kyiv, Ukraine March 6, 2022. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Members of the Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces are seen at a checkpoint in Kyiv, Ukraine March 6, 2022. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Members of the Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces are seen at a checkpoint in Kyiv, Ukraine March 6, 2022. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
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New members of the Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces hold newly received weapons in Kyiv, Ukraine February 28, 2022. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

New members of the Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces hold newly received weapons in Kyiv, Ukraine February 28, 2022. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

New members of the Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces hold newly received weapons in Kyiv, Ukraine February 28, 2022. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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A member of the Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces Lesia Ivashchenko is accompanied by a deputy commander of her battalion at her wedding with Valerii Fylymonov at a checkpoint in Kyiv, Ukraine March 6, 2022. REUTERS/Mykola Tymchenko

A member of the Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces Lesia Ivashchenko is accompanied by a deputy commander of her battalion at her wedding with Valerii Fylymonov at a checkpoint in Kyiv, Ukraine March 6, 2022. REUTERS/Mykola Tymchenko

A member of the Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces Lesia Ivashchenko is accompanied by a deputy commander of her battalion at her wedding with Valerii Fylymonov at a checkpoint in Kyiv, Ukraine March 6, 2022. REUTERS/Mykola Tymchenko
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Members of the Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces Lesia Ivashchenko and Valerii Fylymonov kiss at their wedding at a checkpoint in Kyiv, Ukraine March 6, 2022. REUTERS/Mykola Tymchenko

Members of the Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces Lesia Ivashchenko and Valerii Fylymonov kiss at their wedding at a checkpoint in Kyiv, Ukraine March 6, 2022. REUTERS/Mykola Tymchenko

Members of the Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces Lesia Ivashchenko and Valerii Fylymonov kiss at their wedding at a checkpoint in Kyiv, Ukraine March 6, 2022. REUTERS/Mykola Tymchenko
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A member of  Territorial Defence Forces has his hair cut at a barbershop in Kyiv, Ukraine March 5, 2022. REUTERS/Mykola Tymchenko

A member of  Territorial Defence Forces has his hair cut at a barbershop in Kyiv, Ukraine March 5, 2022. REUTERS/Mykola Tymchenko

A member of  Territorial Defence Forces has his hair cut at a barbershop in Kyiv, Ukraine March 5, 2022. REUTERS/Mykola Tymchenko
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A member of Ukraine's Territorial Defence Forces stands guard at a checkpoint in Kyiv, Ukraine, March 4, 2022. REUTERS/Mikhail Palinchak

A member of Ukraine's Territorial Defence Forces stands guard at a checkpoint in Kyiv, Ukraine, March 4, 2022. REUTERS/Mikhail Palinchak

A member of Ukraine's Territorial Defence Forces stands guard at a checkpoint in Kyiv, Ukraine, March 4, 2022. REUTERS/Mikhail Palinchak
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Members of the Territorial Defence Forces of Ukraine receive weapons to defend the city of Kyiv, Ukraine February 25, 2022. Mikhail Palinchak/Pool via REUTERS

Members of the Territorial Defence Forces of Ukraine receive weapons to defend the city of Kyiv, Ukraine February 25, 2022. Mikhail Palinchak/Pool via REUTERS

Members of the Territorial Defence Forces of Ukraine receive weapons to defend the city of Kyiv, Ukraine February 25, 2022. Mikhail Palinchak/Pool via REUTERS
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A member of Ukraine's Territorial Defence Forces is seen at a checkpoint in Kyiv, Ukraine, March 4, 2022. REUTERS/Mikhail Palinchak

A member of Ukraine's Territorial Defence Forces is seen at a checkpoint in Kyiv, Ukraine, March 4, 2022. REUTERS/Mikhail Palinchak

A member of Ukraine's Territorial Defence Forces is seen at a checkpoint in Kyiv, Ukraine, March 4, 2022. REUTERS/Mikhail Palinchak
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Members of the Territorial Defence Forces and volunteers place anti-tank obstacles at a checkpoint at the Independence Square in central Kyiv, Ukraine March 3, 2022.  REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Members of the Territorial Defence Forces and volunteers place anti-tank obstacles at a checkpoint at the Independence Square in central Kyiv, Ukraine March 3, 2022.  REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Members of the Territorial Defence Forces and volunteers place anti-tank obstacles at a checkpoint at the Independence Square in central Kyiv, Ukraine March 3, 2022.  REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
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Members of the Territorial Defence Forces guard a checkpoint at the Independence Square in central Kyiv, Ukraine March 3, 2022.  REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Members of the Territorial Defence Forces guard a checkpoint at the Independence Square in central Kyiv, Ukraine March 3, 2022.  REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Members of the Territorial Defence Forces guard a checkpoint at the Independence Square in central Kyiv, Ukraine March 3, 2022.  REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
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New members of the Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces clean newly received weapons in Kyiv, Ukraine February 28, 2022. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

New members of the Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces clean newly received weapons in Kyiv, Ukraine February 28, 2022. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

New members of the Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces clean newly received weapons in Kyiv, Ukraine February 28, 2022. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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A view shows ammunition and an assault rifle as members of the Territorial Defence Forces of Ukraine receive weapons to defend the city of Kyiv, Ukraine February 25, 2022. Mikhail Palinchak/Pool via REUTERS

A view shows ammunition and an assault rifle as members of the Territorial Defence Forces of Ukraine receive weapons to defend the city of Kyiv, Ukraine February 25, 2022. Mikhail Palinchak/Pool via REUTERS

A view shows ammunition and an assault rifle as members of the Territorial Defence Forces of Ukraine receive weapons to defend the city of Kyiv, Ukraine February 25, 2022. Mikhail Palinchak/Pool via REUTERS
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Members of the Territorial Defence Forces of Ukraine load ammunition after receiving weapons to defend the city of Kyiv, Ukraine February 25, 2022. Mikhail Palinchak/Pool via REUTERS

Members of the Territorial Defence Forces of Ukraine load ammunition after receiving weapons to defend the city of Kyiv, Ukraine February 25, 2022. Mikhail Palinchak/Pool via REUTERS

Members of the Territorial Defence Forces of Ukraine load ammunition after receiving weapons to defend the city of Kyiv, Ukraine February 25, 2022. Mikhail Palinchak/Pool via REUTERS
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Members of the Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces patrol Kyiv, Ukraine February 25, 2022. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Members of the Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces patrol Kyiv, Ukraine February 25, 2022. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Members of the Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces patrol Kyiv, Ukraine February 25, 2022. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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