Thursday, March 10, 2022

THAT AWESOME UKRAINIAN SPIRIT!

 

“Where does the Ukrainian spirit come from? They are on our land,

threatening our families, women and children- where do you think it comes from?

“We are on our own land, Ukraine, that’s where it comes from. We are Ukrainian.

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10,000 deadly Molotov Cocktails on city rooftops as Ukrainians brace for Russian attack

Ivano-Frankivsk, a city located in western Ukraine, is preparing to mobilise by manning barricades and taking to the rooftops high above to hurl homemade bombs on Russian troops

Ukraine: Civil defence volunteers make molotov cocktails

 

 

Ten thousand deadly “bottled napalm” Molotov Cocktails are placed strategically on the rooftops of a key west Ukrainian city as it waits for Putin’s war machine to attack.

If Moscow’s armoured columns come, the city of Ivano-Frankivsk will mobilise, manning barricades and taking to the rooftops high above to hurl homemade bombs on troops.

Stinger chains of sharpened metal girder bits called “hedgehogs” will be pulled across cobbled lanes to spike wheeled armoured vehicles which will be attacked by a “wall of fire.”

Sandbagged machine gun positions have been erected all over this normally peaceful community in Ukraine ’s Carpathian Region -and Putin’s spies are already believed here.


Civil defence volunteers make Molotov cocktails in the town of Ivano-Frankivsk, Western Ukraine
Civil defence volunteers make Molotov cocktails in the town of Ivano-Frankivsk, Western Ukraine 
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( Rowan Griffiths / Daily Mirror)
 

In the city of Ivano Frankvisk, people know pre-made petrol bombs can quickly pass their “throw by date” but that it is possible war may soon arrive on their doorstep.

Yesterday the city’s main theatre saw the incredible war effort mobilised within minutes of the first of Putin’s missiles hitting east Ukraine three weeks ago.

Ukrainian fighter jets are heard roaring in the skies above, occasional air-raid sirens sending locals scurrying for the nearest bomb shelter or building to hide from a potential airstrike.

The town is preparing for a potential Russian invasion and has already made 10,000 Molotov cocktails in a bid to defend itself
The town is preparing for a potential Russian invasion and has already made 10,000 Molotov cocktails in a bid to defend itself 
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(Rowan Griffiths / Daily Mirror)
 

Serhill Syvachuk, 36, the Chief of HQ for Carpathian Regional Defence told the Mirror: “So far this area has sent 150 new volunteers to Kyiv to help fight Russian forces."

He says: "We've got 10,000 Molotov Cocktails on roofs above our streets ready to go. If they come here, they're not going home. No way. A nightmare is waiting for them here.

“Out east our frontline heroes are lions, they are fighting with such courage and spirit and they have stood up to Russia's military, which has been exposed.


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(Rowan Griffiths / Daily Mirror)
 

“It turns out that the devil is not so scary after all it's just pure evil, attacking women and children. Women and children?”

He shakes his head in disgust, collects his thoughts and says sternly: “We will win.

“We have learned lessons from the front - now local scientists are helping us make better cocktails for Putin's troops.

“They will face a wall of fire. They are just cannon fodder. The whole of Ukraine is mobilised against this evil devil.

Civil defence volunteer Vasyl Serdenko, 46, a psychologist and lawyer on night patrol in the town of Ivano-Frankivsk,
Civil defence volunteer Vasyl Serdenko, 46, a psychologist and lawyer on night patrol in the town of Ivano-Frankivsk,
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( Rowan Griffiths / Daily Mirror)
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“Where does the Ukrainian spirit come from? They are on our land,

threatening our families, women and children- where do you think it comes from?

“We are on our own land, Ukraine, that’s where it comes from. We are Ukrainian.

“And this so-called might of the Russian army has been exposed. It’s not so strong is it now?”

He reveals that local communities like his have been preparing quietly for Russia ’s invasion since May last year when Russia’s troops' movements began.

Mirror defence editor Chris Hughes in the town of Ivano-Frankivsk
Mirror defence editor Chris Hughes in the town of Ivano-Frankivsk 
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(Rowan Griffiths / Daily Mirror)
 

Yesterday as battle-raged to the east Ivano Frankivsk’s civilians were urgently sending more supplies to the frontline, some of them filling a security gap left by troops going to the front.

The war being fought to the east has not spread this far - but the airport was trashed by Putin’s missiles within moments of war breaking out here three weeks ago.

At the theatre hub, camouflage netting knitted by women at home was being deployed to the front, along with blankets, mats for the troops to sleep on, medication, drinks and food in individual ration packs.

Civil defence volunteers in the town of Ivano-Frankivsk
Civil defence volunteers in the town of Ivano-Frankivsk 
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(Rowan Griffiths / Daily Mirror)

A young blonde woman wearing a death’s head mask held one of her Molotovs proudly, her eyes piercingly defiant as she prepared to play her part in Ukraine’s fight to the death.

As night falls armed men wearing yellow armbands and with serious faces prowl the darkened streets in patrols hunting down anyone suspicious who could be a threat.

Before they leave the local police station the men of the civil defence force fall into line, shouting: “Slava Ukraini,” meaning: “Glory to Ukraine” and their leader Serhill tells them:

The town is preparing to defend itself if the Russians attack
The town is preparing to defend itself if the Russians attack 
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(Rowan Griffiths / Daily Mirror)

“We are here to keep these streets secure. We do not use our power to cause any problems or mayhem. We show respect. Do not misuse your rights. We are here to do our job of security.

“You all know what to do.”

We joined them as they quietly filed out into the streets, small groups of civil guards armed with sidearms in case they find Russian spies, who are believed to be all over Ukraine.

Local man Vasyl Serdenko, 46, a father of two and a lawyer and psychologist, is armed with a chest rig holstering a Glock 19 nine millimetre pistol and is one of the team leaders.

He tells me in a hushed voice: “If Russia comes to our town there will be no step back, no reverse or retreat for any of us. We’re going nowhere.

“Usually I am a lawyer and psychologist. But I will fight for sure.”

Asked if he is prepared to kill to defend his homeland he said: “I just told you, I will not step back. Even my 15-year-old daughter can strip an Ak47.

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