Photo: Anton Skyba for AJE ••• ‘Chikatilo’ is a volunteer who has been given a nickname after a Soviet-era serial killer, known as the Butcher of Rostov. The volunteer earned his nickname because he rarely speaks, but when he does, he has a deep, cold stare. Chikatilo joined the war because he wanted to fight. Although he respects the other members of the unit, he says the only one he fully trusts is Shorok, his friend since childhood.
On the frontline in Ukraine, a group of volunteer fighters composing a unit of the nationalist battalion of the Ukrainian Volunteer Army, operates side by side with official Ukrainian troops.
These volunteers, the majority of whom have nationalist leanings, are still flooding into the war zone, despite the widespread belief that volunteer battalions were fully incorporated into the structure of the military.
Many of the volunteers disapprove of the way their government has handled this war. They view their government’s willingness to accept onerous ceasefire terms as nothing short of treason, asking if this justifies the sacrificed lives of their comrades.
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