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Mar 21, 2015

Volunteers training to defend Poland

Volunteers training to defend Poland

Inspired by the war in Ukraine, growing numbers of Poles are joining volunteer paramilitary groups, where they receive basic army training and prepare to defend their homeland.

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Noskowicz from Obrona Narodowa, a paramilitary organisation, takes part in a territorial defence training organised by paramilitary group SJS Strzelec (Shooters Association) in the forest near Minsk Mazowiecki KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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Sidoruk from the paramilitary group SJS Strzelec (Shooters Association), trains her workout at a gym in Siedlce KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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Przybyl takes part in an endurance march during a territorial defence training organised by paramilitary group SJS Strzelec (Shooters Association) in the forest near Minsk Mazowiecki KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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Participiants gather and listen to instructions during a territorial defence training organised by paramilitary group SJS Strzelec (Shooters Association) in the forest near Minsk Mazowiecki KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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Participiants gather and listen to instructions during a territorial defence training organised by paramilitary group SJS Strzelec (Shooters Association) in the forest near Minsk Mazowiecki KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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Przybyl takes part in an endurance march during a territorial defence training organised by paramilitary group SJS Strzelec (Shooters Association) in the forest near Minsk Mazowiecki KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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A rescuer explains medical treatment for participants of a medical course organised by paramilitary organisation called Obrona Narodowa (National Defence) in Mrozy KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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Trynkiewicz prepares his weapon during territorial defence training organised by SJS Strzelec (Shooters Association), paramilitary group in the forest near Minsk Mazowiecki KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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A man takes part in a territorial defence training organised by paramilitary group SJS Strzelec (Shooters Association) in the forest near Minsk Mazowiecki KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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Trynkiewicz carries his weapon during territorial defence training organised by SJS Strzelec (Shooters Association), paramilitary group in the forest near Minsk Mazowiecki KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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Trynkiewicz holds his weapon during territorial defence training organised by SJS Strzelec (Shooters Association), paramilitary group in the forest near Minsk Mazowiecki KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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People take part in an endurance march during a territorial defence training organised by paramilitary group SJS Strzelec (Shooters Association) in the forest near Minsk Mazowiecki KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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Trynkiewicz installs his weapon during territorial defence training organised by SJS Strzelec (Shooters Association), paramilitary group in the forest near Minsk Mazowiecki KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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Participiants secure a position during a territorial defence training organised by paramilitary group SJS Strzelec (Shooters Association) in the forest near Minsk Mazowiecki KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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Noskowicz, a member of JS Strzelec (Shooters Association) and Obrona Narodowa paramilitary organisations performs her daily training at home in Siedlce KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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Participiants secure a position during a territorial defence training organised by paramilitary group SJS Strzelec (Shooters Association) in the forest near Minsk Mazowiecki KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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Trynkiewicz carries his weapon during territorial defence training organised by SJS Strzelec (Shooters Association), paramilitary group in the forest near Minsk Mazowiecki KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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Trynkiewicz strips and re-assembles a weapon on measured time during a break in medical course organised by paramilitary organisation called Obrona Narodowa (National Defence) in Mrozy KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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Noskowicz from Obrona Narodowa, a paramilitary organisation, takes part in a territorial defence training organised by paramilitary group SJS Strzelec (Shooters Association) in the forest near Minsk Mazowiecki KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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Przybyl takes position during a territorial defence training organised by paramilitary group SJS Strzelec (Shooters Association) in the forest near Minsk Mazowiecki KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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People take part in an endurance march during a territorial defence training organised by paramilitary group SJS Strzelec (Shooters Association) in the forest near Minsk Mazowiecki KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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Przybyl checks breath as he takes part in a medical course organised by paramilitary organisation called Obrona Narodowa (National Defence) in Mrozy KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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A man takes part in an endurance march during a territorial defence training organised by paramilitary group SJS Strzelec (Shooters Association) in the forest near Minsk Mazowiecki KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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Sidoruk, takes part in a medical course organised by paramilitary organisation called Obrona Narodowa (National Defence) in Mrozy KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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A man gestures as he takes part in a territorial defence training organised by paramilitary group SJS Strzelec (Shooters Association) in the forest near Minsk Mazowiecki KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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