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Wing and a Prayer: Ukrainian Cadets Celebrate Initiation

Image: A young military cadet releases a pigeon after an oath-taking ceremony at the Kiev Pechersk Lavra monastery in Kiev
A young military cadet releases a pigeon after an oath-taking ceremony at the Kiev Pechersk Lavra monastery on Nov. 14. GLEB GARANICH / Reuters

A young Ukrainian military cadet releases a pigeon after an oath-taking ceremony at the Kiev Pechersk Lavra monastery in Kiev, Friday.

In the half-year since Ukraine lost swaths of territory to Russian annexation and separatist conflict, many young Ukrainians have volunteered to sign up for military service and official data shows there has been a 15 percent spike in the number of young people enrolling in military education institutes.

—Associated Press