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In Ukraine, Wedding Bells Ring On Both Sides Amid The Crisis

Love on the Ukrainian frontlines has been on display since December, when protesters took to the streets of Kyiv to protest then-President Viktor Yanukovych's last-minute decision to reject closer ties with the European Union. The relationships don't always succeed, but here are some pictures of weddings among the unrest.

Arsen Pavlov, nicknamed, Motorola, a field commander of the so called "Donetsk People's Republic," and his bride Yelena Kolenkina, pose during their wedding in Donetsk, July 11, 2014.
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Arsen Pavlov, nicknamed, Motorola, a field commander of the so called "Donetsk People's Republic," and his bride Yelena Kolenkina, pose during their wedding in Donetsk, July 11, 2014.

Igor Strelkov (C), commander and self-proclaimed minister of defence of the so called "Donetsk People's Republic," congratulates Motorola and Kolenkina during their wedding. 
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Igor Strelkov (C), commander and self-proclaimed minister of defence of the so called "Donetsk People's Republic," congratulates Motorola and Kolenkina during their wedding. 

Pavlov and Kolenkina leave the city hall after their wedding.
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Pavlov and Kolenkina leave the city hall after their wedding.

Wounded Ukrainian paratroopers Ruslan Yarish (R) and Oleksandr Ponomaryov kiss their brides during their wedding in the central military hospital in Kyiv, July 9, 2014.
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Wounded Ukrainian paratroopers Ruslan Yarish (R) and Oleksandr Ponomaryov kiss their brides during their wedding in the central military hospital in Kyiv, July 9, 2014.

A couple on their wedding day poses with a masked and armed man at the barricades in the center of downtown Donetsk, Ukraine, 02 May 2014.
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A couple on their wedding day poses with a masked and armed man at the barricades in the center of downtown Donetsk, Ukraine, 02 May 2014.

Ukrainian anti-government protester Yulia, 25, arrives for her wedding ceremony in a city municipality building occupied by anti-government protesters in Kyiv February 5, 2014.
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Ukrainian anti-government protester Yulia, 25, arrives for her wedding ceremony in a city municipality building occupied by anti-government protesters in Kyiv February 5, 2014.

A newly wed couple kiss on Independence Square as pro-European protesters occupy Kyiv's central square, December 21, 2013.
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A newly wed couple kiss on Independence Square as pro-European protesters occupy Kyiv's central square, December 21, 2013.

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