Children in the eastern Ukrainian town of Sloviansk were all smiles today posing with pro-Russian soldiers who have taken the town.
The festive mood was thanks to the victory scored by the pro-Russian forces during Ukraine's "anti-terrorism operation," in which Ukrainian forces were trying to take back areas seized by the pro-Russian forces in the eastern part of the country.
But many of the Ukrainian troops who arrived on a half dozen tanks and armored personnel carriers defected to the pro-Russian side during the operation, leaving the town in control of the pro-Russian forces and creating a celebratory atmosphere among residents who welcomed them.
A steady stream of children were sent up by their parents to pose with the towering men. Even adult couples and parents were snapped mugging with the soldiers.