Checkpoint of Little Ukrainians in Kharkiv

Every day 11-year-olds Maksym and Andreii go to their checkpoint on the highway to Kharkiv. Every day they salute the Ukrainian soldiers.

They carry plastic guns and salute every military vehicle that passes by their checkpoint.

Andrii and his mother moved to the countryside near Kharkiv at the beginning of the war after their home in the city was bombed by Russian forces.

Andrii's father is part of the Ukrainian army.

The neighbor made them small arms, while the soldiers put Ukrainian flags on them.

"I thought that the way things are, I had to stay at the checkpoint and defend my country. To protect my loved ones and for everything to be fine", says Andreii.

The Russian army has continued its attacks on Kharkiv, the second largest city in Ukraine.

The attacks illustrate broader goals than just the occupation of the Donbass region.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has said the state plans to take control of more Ukrainian territory, including the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions in southern Ukraine.