Ukraine Today shows such families from various parts of Ukraine, whose loved ones are serving on the frontlines of the conflict with Russian-backed militants in east Ukraine on the other side of the country.

Denis, son of a Ukrainian soldier, knows just a few words but still writes a letter to his father. For the young son, this is his first holiday without one of his parents. But he says he's proud of his dad, who he knows it serving his country.

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