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Trip to Sloviansk: soldiers received legal aid
Soldiers are going on a mission Photo by Natalya Bimbirayte
Soldiers are going on a mission

Last weekend the team of the IRC “Legal Space” and journalists of the “Vgoru” newspaper visited one of the battalions of the 95th Separate Airmobile Brigade which is now based near Sloviansk.

- We had two main objectives. First, to tell the soldiers about the possibility of receiving free legal aid, to answer their questions. And secondly, to support and encourage our military men, send them gifts and congratulations from the citizens. Besides, it was important for us to see firsthand how fighters live, what their everyday life looks like, what is missing, what is their relationship with commanders – said the Head of the IRC “Legal Space” Natalya Bimbirayte.

There was a lively chat during those two days. We discussed soldiers’ problems and got acquainted with their daily routine. The lawyers of the Kherson Regional Charity and Health Foundation Volodymyr Orlovsky and Anna Martynyuk provided consultation in the field. Soldiers got the opportunity to ask their questions and received relevant answers.

It is nice that this visit took place at the invitation of the battalion commanders of the 95th Separate Airmobile Brigade which includes about 200 residents of Kherson. The commanders do not just care about their fighters’ lives and leisure, but primarily perform the main task – to save the soldiers’ lives in combat.

It is important to stress that this visit took place at the invitation of the battalion commanders of the 95th Separate Airmobile Brigade which includes about 200 residents of Kherson. The commanders do not just care about their fighters’ lives and leisure, but primarily perform the main task – to save the soldiers’ lives in combat.

The soldiers warmly remembered citizens’ help and expressed their gratitude. In March last year, when Russia’s occupation of Crimea began, just this battalion moved to Kherson oblast. Soldiers found themselves in the open field, without proper equipment. It was then when Ukrainians first started helping the army. Farmers brought food, volunteers collected clothes, shoes, bedding, beds and other maintenance. It was at that time soldiers felt the support of citizens, and Ukrainian Army became truly People's Army.

Read about trip impressions and on-site consultation very soon on “Legal Space” in “Legal Aid to the Army”.

Reference
On-site consultation is provided by the International Renaissance Foundation within the network project “Increasing the level of legal protection for servicemen, ATO participants and their families by providing legal aid and conducting monitoring”.

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