Ukrainian couple gets married despite the beginning of Russian invasion
Yaryna Arieva and her partner, Sviatoslav Fursin, rushed to tie the knot and get married at their local church with the sound of air raid sirens ringing in their ears.
“That was very scary,” Arieva told CNN Thursday. “It’s the happiest moment of your life, and you go out, and you hear that.”
The couple had planned to get married on May 6 and celebrate at a restaurant with a “very, very cute terrace” overlooking the Dnieper River, said 21-year-old Arieva — “Just us and the river and beautiful lights.”
They don’t know what the future will bring — but they’re determined to stay and fight. After their wedding, the couple prepared to go to the local Territorial Defense Center to join efforts to help defend the country.