WAR CEMETERY: In a park in Kyiv, they have exhibited vehicles that belonged to the Russian army. Photo: Aage Aune / TV 2.
Several of them have large, gaping holes in their steel hulls. This is material that belonged to the Russian invasion army, but which was destroyed by Ukrainian government forces. Plaques in several languages tell the story of each of the vehicles’ finality.
Max pats lovingly on a Ukrainian storm tank of the type BTR-80.
– To begin with, we fought against them with sticks and stones. Now we have much better equipment, he says proudly.
His dream was always to start in the defense. All his ancestors were officers in the military, and therefore he also started war school after high school.
Then he was sent to the front in eastern Ukraine, and that was where it happened, one summer day in 2018.
– I stepped on a landmine that exploded. It was a turning point for me. It changed my life, says Max, without a hint of bitterness.