Soldiers on the web! Four eyed Ukrainian Spetznaz soldiers attend games expo and face off against members of the public in online shooter Counter-Strike
- The 2019 Ukrainian CEE expo was joined by some unlikely guests for this years opening of the exhibition
- Members of the Ukrainian Spetznaz had joined the event clad in full combat gear and night vision goggles
- Visitors to the exhibition centre were able to get up close with the troops as cosplayers posed with them
Ukrainian special forces have been spotted participating in a games expo in the country’s capital city Kiev.
Clad in appropriate MOLLE combat gear, sporting olive camouflaging patterns, the highly trained warriors took to a new battleground, multiplayer servers.
The event takes place every year and is the largest exhibition of electronics, electrical engineering, toys, electric vehicles, in the Ukraine.
The expo has been run since 2006 and allows members of the public to come together and share their passions for gaming.
The soldiers weren’t the only ones dressed up as visitors to the centre were also encouraged top take part in a cosplay competition.
Dressed as their favourite characters from video games, entrants were judged on their costumes adherence to the look of their chosen characters.
The winner of the competition could expect to walk away with 25,000 hryvnia – or about £840.
The real competition was occurring on LAN servers across the exhibition as brave volunteers rushed to beat the special forces soldiers, playing the classic multiplayer shooter Counter-Strike.
Winners of the tense combat shooter competition could expect to walk away with 100,000 hryvnia (around £3370).
The expo is in the first day of a two day event over the weekend and will close tomorrow following an awards ceremony.
I see you! Some of the soldiers appeared to be carrying the quad lens Ground Panoramic Night Vision Goggles, which combine four separate images to intensify a soldiers sight and allow for better depth perception while wearing them
Most of the soldiers were also carrying special forces issue Fort-221 assault rifles, maintaining strict trigger discipline
Being a games exhibition, cosplayers got the chance to boost their photos with some Ukrainian muscle Pictured: A cosplayer of the Overwatch character Mei-Ling Zhou poses with the soldiers
The special forces soldiers had the chance to show of their aggressive plays in the popular online shooter Counter-Strike
The special forces soldiers put their skills to the test in an online space, battling against members of the public in a competitive first-person-shooter game
Keen focus: The competition was palpable as the soldiers dared not lose face in front of onlooking crowd eager to best them in the head to head matches