The head of the British Royal Marines has sent wishes to his Ukrainian counterparts as Ukraine's marines celebrated their historic 105th birthday on the frontlines of Donetsk.
Members of the Ukrainian Marine Corps marked the anniversary from their positions in the battle zone, where they were visited by President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Commandant General of the Royal Marines, General Gwyn Jenkins CB OBE ADC sent his best wishes on the anniversary of the corps' formation on 23 April 1918.
General Jenkins wrote on social media: "The Royal Marines send their thoughts and warmest wishes to the Ukrainian Marines on this their 105th birthday."
To mark Marine Corps Day, the Ukrainian president visited marines serving on the frontline in the Maryinka defence area of the Donetsk region.
He also awarded the title of Hero of Ukraine and presented the Order of the Gold Star to Colonel Yuriy Andriyenko and Colonel Mykola Palas for their personal courage and heroism.
In an official statement, President Zelensky said: "Every day on the battlefield, the Ukrainian marines prove that they are a powerful force that destroys the enemy, liberates Ukrainian lands, and performs the most difficult tasks in the most difficult conditions.
"And we need more of that power.
"Therefore, starting today, we are significantly increasing the potential of the marines and creating a Marine Corps."