These Ukrainian soldiers marrying in bloody war zone while defending their country will warm your heart

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Lesya Ivashchenko and Valeriy Filimonov exchanged vows while serving on the frontline in Ukraine. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Lesya Ivashchenko and Valeriy Filimonov exchanged vows while serving on the frontline in Ukraine. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

They say love always finds a way even in the darkest days . . . Amid the bloodshed of the Russian invasion, Ukrainian soldiers Lesya Ivashchenko and Valeriy Filimonov put their guns down for a short while so they could tie the knot. 

Flanked by soldiers armed with grenades and missiles and journalists in bulletproof vests, the couple wed beside a busy road at a checkpoint on the outskirts of the capital, Kyiv.

(PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
A military chaplain was on hand to take them through their vows in the traditional Christian orthodox ceremony. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
(PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
The couple, who have an 18-year-old daughter, made sure to keep their helmets on during the ceremony. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
(PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
As the newlyweds kissed, the crowd erupted in patriotic fervor, shouting “Glory to the family! Glory to Ukraine!” (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

While the traditional wedding gown and suit were out of the question, Lesya did manage to have a white veil on her head and held a beautiful bouquet of white roses as she and her groom exchanged their vows dressed in their military fatigues.

An army chaplain was on hand to officiate at the Christian orthodox ceremony.

Afterwards they enjoyed a small party complete with a champagne toast and wedding cake. But this wasn't how they'd planned to get married.

Just a few weeks ago they were ordinary citizens living in the Ukraine capital. Yet in the wake of the Russian invasion, they were among the thousands of civilian volunteers who heeded the call of their president to join the army.

(PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Despite being in a war zone, they went through many of the wedding traditions. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
(PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
The couple enjoyed celebratory drinks afterwards. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

For these two, who have been together for 20 years and have a daughter, Ruslana (18), it was a given that they'd join the military reserve and fight together.

“They want to defend our city together,” the mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, told The Washington Post.

“We have no intention of giving it away to the enemy,” Valeriy says.

“I’m happy we are alive, that this day started, that my husband is alive and he’s with me,” Lesya told reporters after the ceremony.

“We must take as much as we can from life,” added her new husband.

Sources: vogue.com, nypost.com

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