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The bravery and the recklessness of Ukraine’s improvised army

By James Marson

29 Dec 2022 · 20 min read

The WSJ dives deep to look at how Ukrainian forces consisting heavily of volunteer units grafted onto the country’s professional army have been able to repel the “lumbering” Russian military.

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SULYHIVKA, Ukraine—The messages arriving on Viktor Yatsunyk’s phone were vague and worrisome. Somewhere nearby, Ukrainian soldiers had triggered a land mine and lay dead or injured.

The onetime carpenter and his teammates, who included a store-sign maker, a boxing enthusiast and a computer-science student, converged on a map reference in a beat-up crossover and a pickup truck.

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