CNN reports on the volunteers deep in the eastern Ukrainian forest sleeping in earthen dugouts, primed and ready to defend against the Russian military.
Maxym is one of them, living in a wooded encampment not far from Slovyansk, with his comrades who make up Ukraine’s territorial defence. These are non-professional soldiers, most of whom signed up in the early days of Russia’s invasion in February.
He says he thinks often of his pregnant wife, back home in Kharkiv, and their unborn son.
Not long after CNN’s visit, a cluster strike heavily wounded some of the soldiers.