Central/Eastern Europe: Odessa Diary: rivkin_odessadiary02

ODESSA, UKRAINE.  Family and friends gathered at the April 10 monument to watch as Military Academy students are promoted to the rank of lieutenant on February 26, 2016.  With war raging in eastern Ukraine with Russian-backed separatists, more young men and women have enlisted and the popularity of military education has increased, including among civilians; the April 10 monument commemorates Soviet victory over the Nazi occupation in Odessa.

ODESSA, UKRAINE. Family and friends gathered at the April 10 monument to watch as Military Academy students are promoted to the rank of lieutenant on February 26, 2016. With war raging in eastern Ukraine with Russian-backed separatists, more young men and women have enlisted and the popularity of military education has increased, including among civilians; the April 10 monument commemorates Soviet victory over the Nazi occupation in Odessa.