’Twenty Minutes of Fighting and We Surrendered’, Says UK-Trained Ukrainian Conscript
According to Kovalenko, they took “a 21-day training course for rookie soldiers at the base, which included shooting, medicine, military law and basic military things such as storming trenches, buildings and cities.”
“After that, we went to the Volyn region to patrol the village of Zabolotye. […] Then we went to Svyatogorsk, where we lived at a tourist base for four days, and shortly after we went to the frontline where we had spent a month before being captured. We were tasked with holding the line. We were captured on December 1 after we were bypassed and our positions were stormed. Twenty minutes into the fighting, we surrendered,” he said.