Women reservists determined to fight for Ukraine against a Russian invasion

Women reservists determined to fight for Ukraine against a Russian invasion

kyiv, Jan 29, 2022 (AFP) - Ukrainian reservist Mariana Jaglo, 52, takes her rifle out of a khaki case in the dining room of her home in kyiv and says she will not hesitate to defend her country in the event of a Russian invasion. "We won't be sitting around waiting for them. We are ready to give them the welcome they deserve," warns this marketing employee coldly, who enlisted in a reservist corps two years ago. "I am not alone. There are many like me in Ukraine. No man she will do what a woman can do to defend her family, her children. She is a fearsome force," says this mother of two adult daughters and a 12-year-old boy. In 2021, she paid "2,000 or 3,000 dollars" -sum considered a fortune in one of the poorest countries in Europe - for a Ukrainian Zroyar Z-15 model hunting rifle and the necessary material to adapt it to combat. "With a mechanical and telescopic sight, supports and sound reducer", he lists with pride the woman, who also followed an elite shooter training. of her weapon, according to the legislation, she cannot shoot in bursts. Ukraine, a former Soviet republic of 40 million inhabitants, is the theater of a conflict between the authorities and the separatists of the east, backed by Russia. The war began in 2014 with the annexation of the Crimean peninsula by Russia, and has left more than 13,000 dead. In recent months, tension has increased and Western countries accuse Putin of having concentrated some 100,000 soldiers near the border. with Ukraine, preparing an invasion, and threaten Moscow with harsh sanctions if it takes action, while delivering weapons to kyiv. - Do not "panic" - Some media evoke the risk of Russian air strikes against the Ukrainian capital and more than 48% of Ukrainians consider a Russian invasion possible, according to a survey published this week. The panic is not visible in the country, but many pack emergency bags and stockpile essentials or sign up for survival or first aid training. Jaglo packed her military backpack with her uniform, helmet, bulletproof vest, gloves and knee pads. Along with other reservists, this short-haired brunette trains regularly to shoot, patrol or set up ambushes. "If there had been no war, I would never have thought of these military issues," explains the Ukrainian. Journalist Oleksandre Majov, also a reservist, had to leave eastern Ukraine after the conflict with separatists broke out. Today, his military backpack is also ready."The evacuation, I'm not going to live it again. It's a bag to go to fight," says the 35-year-old war correspondent. "I have a plan and I am ready," he adds. Jaglo does not have a concrete plan for his family or where to send his children if the situation deteriorates. "Of course I'm worried," he confesses, hoping the war can be avoided. "Many countries give us weapons, they send us specialists who instruct our military in the use of weapons, that also has an effect," estimates Jaglo. For her, the current crisis is due to the "imperialist" ambitions of Russian President Vladimir Putin. . But if the worst comes to the worst, he will not falter. "I don't want to kill people, but to defend my home," she sums up. ant/gmo/mab-js

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