Ukraine, 2016.

The battalion Azov is full of young men who feel compelled to fight for their country as their national identity suddenly has been threatened by separatists. But not all of the men have told their families what they actually are doing.

In Ukraine the Azov soldiers has a split reputation. On one hand as freedom fighters. On the other as neo-Nazis.

To the young men it’s a personal conflict which they cannot watch from the sideline. Now there is a reason to rebel against the system and they seized this opportunity. 

For them nationalism and patriotism means the same. The conflict is a way to fight for an ideology they believe can ensure their future as well as genuine Ukrainian interests that weaken Russian influence.

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