Biathlete Kristina Dmitrenko (22) knows how to use a gun. In 2016, the Ukrainian won the gold medal in her favorite discipline at the Youth Olympic Games in Norway.
But now she has swapped her sporting weapon for an assault rifle. The reason: she has been serving in the Ukrainian army since the outbreak of war. And now she’s aiming her gun at Russian soldiers instead of target letters.
The sports shooter actually wanted to take part in a competition in Italy on February 27, but then Russian President Vladimir Putin (69) had his army invade Ukraine three days before.
“I’m not afraid of the enemy”
A shock for Dmitrenko. “On February 24, I woke up when a friend alerted me that the war had started,” she said, according to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry’s Facebook page. It was clear to the young woman that she wanted to do something about it. Because of this, she stayed in her homeland to fight against Putin’s troops.
According to her own statement, she is not afraid. “I shoot so well that the attackers don’t stand a chance,” she says confidently.
The 22-year-old is brimming with the will to win. “Whatever weapon I hold in my hands, whether I’m in competition or in the army, we’re going to see this through to the end.” Dmitrenko is sure: “The victory will be ours!”
Russians are said to be using cluster munitions
Meanwhile, Russia continued its shelling throughout the country on Tuesday night. Airborne sirens could be heard in many places early in the morning. A spokesman for the military administration in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv said military infrastructure had been hit on the border with Poland.
The Ukrainian army also reported shelling from Odessa and Mykolayiv in the south of the country. She accused Russian forces on Facebook of indiscriminately using cluster munitions in the center of Mykolaiv. (ced/AFP)