A few weeks ago, Ukrainian massage therapist Kate Matchyshyn, 33, was building her client base – now she’s learning how to shoot and clean an AK-47
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The rescued Ukrainian women joined the front lines of the conflict with weapons as they warned Putin “you will pay” for killing their children and loved ones.
Angry grieving mothers joined the bloody battle in Ukraine, as they sought revenge for the deaths of their children.
Officials this week released photos of female soldiers in frontline units to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Some run beauty therapy businesses, but now they are undergoing military training as warned to Vladimir Putin: “You killed our child, now you will pay the price.” .
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Kate Matchyshyn, 33, never dreamed of joining the military, but is now learning how to shoot, load and clean an AK-47, The Sun reports.
“Of course I’m scared of having to train to be able to kill someone,” she said.
“It’s a very difficult thing to kill a woman and I never thought I would have to do it. But we were forced to train for such a terrible thing by Russia.
“The Russians are killing Ukrainian children so Ukrainian women will do what they have to do to protect them.
“We are like women anywhere in the world. All women have an instinct to protect children and we show it every day.
“Ukrainian women are very strong – my main hobby is boxing – and Putin will find out how strong that is. He killed our child and so we will make him pay.”
The former massage therapist left her business behind to join the conflict and is now just one of dozens of women trained at a women-run center called Warriors House.
Before war businesswoman Bohdana Ostapyk, 23, ran her own successful PR firm in Kyiv – she now helps coordinate training sessions at the training center.
“Wars can end in a few weeks or can last for years, and if that is the case, everyone needs to know how to use weapons – including women,” she said.
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Although the front line is currently some distance from Lviv, the Russian army is said to be moving west and the women are determined to get ready.
University lecturer, Bohdana Symiakevych, 25, is running 500 volunteers who work hard to build camouflage nets to protect shelters and machines used by the Ukrainian military.
They use tons of materials contributed by the plants, tear them into 2-inch-wide strips and then tie them to a garden plastic net to form a 40ft x 6ft grid.
But despite their new reality, the women’s industrial activism did not detract from their sense of humour.
“We make about 30 nets a day,” says Bohdana. These are really difficult times for the country but all Ukrainians will be strong. We can be strong because we have the support of the rest of the world.
“And I want to thank the UK for leading the world in that support.
“We have a joke that when the war is over and we’ve won, we’ll go on vacation – to Crimea. ”
Putin claimed ownership of the peninsula eight years ago.
Today, Lviv’s concert hall has become a regional aid hub, with all planned events canceled indefinitely.
Married mother Natalia Dovhaliuk, 52, is one of 600 volunteers working around the clock to pack donations ready to be shipped to thousands of refugee camps across Ukraine and neighboring countries.
She said: “We are at war so how can I sit at home and watch TV?
“I had to do something for me to come here every day.
“I believe with all my heart that Ukraine will win the war.
“And when we do that will depend on the bravery of the soldiers but also on the Ukrainian women who have been of great help in many ways.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/ukrainian-women-warn-putin-you-26454994 Ukrainian women warn Putin "you will pay the price" as they take up arms for revenge