Picture Story: Inside a Cossack Youth Camp

July 26, 2013

By Meghan Ahearn

© Maxim Dondyuk

Maxim Dondyuk photographed a Crimea-Sich summer camp in Ukraine for two weeks, where young Cossack boys learned combat and survival skills including supervised training with real weapons and live ammunition. Click on the Photo Gallery link below to see more images.

The Cossacks have a long military history in Eastern Europe. From establishing their own self-governed land through rebellion in the 1400s to guarding borders and carrying out attacks on ethnic minorities under the orders of other military leaders centuries later, the Cossacks’ reputation is a matter of perspective. To some, they are stoic warriors following a code of honor, yet...

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