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Kyiv's 'Joan of Arc' poses with gun during wedding on Ukraine front

A shotgun wedding… Ukraine-style: Kyiv’s ‘Joan of Arc’ poses in her white gown while clutching a machine gun as she marries soldier she met on the frontline of war with Russia

  • Evhenia Emerald married her husband while on the Ukrainian frontline in Kharkiv
  • The pair fell in love after the war began in February and got engaged in August 
  • The sniper, 31, is known as her country’s answer to French heroine Joan of Arc
  • Miss Emerald, who has a daughter, was a jeweller before the Russian invasion 

With one arm gripping her gun and the other placed defiantly on her hip, Evhenia Emerald is the picture of Ukrainian resistance – even on her wedding day.

It is little wonder the sniper, 31, is known as her country’s answer to French heroine Joan of Arc.

And she was determined not to let her marriage ceremony with fellow soldier Evheniy Stypaniuk detract from her duties on the Ukrainian frontline.

The couple tied the knot in a forest in Kharkiv on Friday, a public holiday known as Defenders’ Day to honour Ukrainian military veterans.

Shotgun wedding: Evhenia Emerald, pictured gripping her gun, married her husband while on the Ukrainian frontline in Kharkiv

Guns at the ready: The sniper married Evheniy Stypaniuk, pictured right, after the pair fell in love and got engaged in August

Defiant: Miss Emerald, who has a daughter and was a jeweller before the Russian invasion began, posted a series of pictures on Instagram, which showed her in a white dress

Miss Emerald posted a series of pictures on Instagram, which showed her in a white dress, her husband’s camouflage jacket, and holding a gun.

Her bouquet appeared to be comprised of ears of wheat rather than flowers.

‘Today I officially became the wife of a military man,’ she wrote. ‘I could not imagine a more perfect wedding!’

The pair fell in love shortly after the war began in February and got engaged in August.

Miss Emerald, who has a daughter and was a jeweller before the Russian invasion, said: ‘We understand that every day could be the last one and we don’t want to postpone life for later.’

Tying the knot: The pair are pictured at their wedding ceremony. Her bouquet appeared to be comprised of ears of wheat rather than flowers

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