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Posted on March 27, 2022 by Christine Crosby in grandmothers, Guns, training, UKRAINE

Ukrainian Grandmothers Take Up Arms

Ukrainian Grandmothers Take Up Arms

According to an article in Independent.com UK, “Ukrainian children and grandmothers are preparing for a potential Russian invasion by practicing how to handle guns.

Tensions continue to grow as Russia has amassed tens of thousands of troops along the Ukraine border despite diplomatic efforts to prevent a potentially deadly conflict.

Ukrainians appear to be preparing themselves for the worst, regardless of their age or military experience.

Valentyna Konstantynovska was taught how to use an AK-47 rifle by the country’s national guard.”

“I am ready to shoot if something happens,” she told reporters. “I will defend my home, my city, my children.

“I will do this because I think I’m ready for it. I don’t want to lose my country, my city.”

Ulrainian grandmothersBut Ms Konstantynovska admitted: “I underwent this training but I probably won’t be a valid soldier because my body doesn’t serve me that much anymore. And the weapon is too heavy for me.” Some local residents even brought their children with them to learn how to load ammunition.

It was the first time that safety and training were offered to the city which has been in conflict for eight years. Russia has been building troops at the Ukrainian border and has been performing military exercises with Belarus.

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Christine Crosby

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Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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