February 26, 2022 – Civilians have been heeding President Zelenskyy’s call to make Molotov cocktails to defend their towns and cities from the Russian advance. Sky filmed residents of Dnipro, in south-east Ukraine, making fire bombs and volunteering to join the Ukrainian army.
March 16, 2022 – US veterans speak to CNN’s Anderson Cooper about why they traveled to Ukraine to help train volunteer fighters.
March 18, 2022 – As the war rages on in Ukraine, a soaring number of men and women are signing up to support the country’s war effort by training for combat, defending territory, and providing protection for those fleeing the conflict. The defense ministry told The Independent that Ukraine’s territorial defense has grown tenfold in the last two weeks and now has as many as 100,000 members – both men and women. What’s more, about 20,000 foreigners from 52 countries have volunteered to fight with Ukraine, the government said this week, although it is unclear how many have actually arrived. Independent TV’s Bel Trew reports from the heart of the conflict, talking to the people who make up Ukraine’s civilian army.
April 9, 2022 – Volunteer Ukrainian battalions are prepping themselves for the front line in Barvinkove while the Russian military plans to encircle troops in the east. People duck when drones fly overhead, waiting to resume their trench digging. One crew focuses on mobilizing a captured Russian tank.
May 4, 2022 – In the east of Ukraine, where fighting is intensifying, the armed forces are increasing their efforts to train volunteers to reinforce those on the frontline. Many of them have no military experience, but are being told: “Even if you have never picked up a gun in your life, your country needs you.’ The BBC’s Ben Brown reports from Kyiv.
May 18, 2022 – CNN’s Nick Paton Walsh shadows a group of volunteers leading the defense against Russian troops in the small Ukrainian village of Ruska Lozova.
August 20, 2022 – An air defense army base hides amongst the overgrowth on top of a hill in the Donetsk region. Volunteer aid worker Jack Ross and his team are taken there to deliver supplies to the front line troops. The soldiers, both grateful for the food and the company, are keen to show off their impressive stock of weapons. The Ukraine army has granted the team military escorts, all-access checkpoint passes and safe stays at army bases in return for their essential work. This gives them a unique insight into the life of soldiers and civilians living inches from front-line conflict. Randy, a senior Ukrainian serviceman, explains how he defends the front line every day, demonstrating how he takes aim at Russian helicopters with his ground-to-air missile launcher.
He says he’s optimistic Ukraine will win the war because his people are fighting for their country as opposed to the Russians who are merely following orders. The charity also brings food to civilians living so close to the fighting, that families including small children have to live with the constant noise and threat of shelling. From Donetsk they head to Kharkiv, an area that has been shelled heavily by Russian forces, reportedly in retaliation for shelling in Crimea. Hundreds of Kharkiv residents queue for aid and get into heated scraps over toiletries as the desperation for everyday necessities becomes all too apparent. Team members of the British-led charity brave countless dangers as they pioneer routes along bombed-out roads.
February 18, 2023 – Sky News travels with Ukraine’s On The Shield team, which is tasked with taking bodies from morgues near the frontline back to their families.
February 22, 2023 – CNN chief international correspondent Clarissa Ward follows a volunteer who is a part of a group that provides closure to grieving families of Ukrainian soldiers.
February 22, 2023 – Volunteer soldier Oleksandr Taran was 58 when he tried to enlist to defend his country after Russia seized Crimea in 2014 — but he was told by the Ukrainian military then that they had no need for his help. He is now 65 and the commander of a small volunteer unit. He says now is no time for a rest.
March 5, 2023 – Former British soldiers dodge missiles to deliver tons of aid to Ukraine’s frontline soldiers.
March 14, 2023 – A BBC team has come under fire in Ukraine while following a group of local aid workers. The volunteers deliver food to villages in the Kherson Oblast region of Ukraine and have continued to work well within artillery range of Russian troops. As the BBC team witnessed last month, the work frequently comes close to costing them their lives.