Ukrainian women warn Putin “you will pay” as they take up arms to avenge dead

A couple of weeks ago Ukrainian massage therapist Kate Matchyshyn, 33, was building up her client base – now she is learning how to fire and clean an AK-47

Kate Matchyshyn, 33, Learns to use an assault rifle during a training session at the “Warrior House” in Lviv

Bereaved Ukraine women have joined the frontline of the conflict with arms as they warn Putin “you will pay” for killing their children and loved ones.

Furious grieving mothers have joined the battle in Ukraine for blood, as they seek to avenge the deaths of their children.

Officials this week issued photos of female soldiers in frontline units to mark International Women’s Day.

Some ran beauty therapy businesses, but now they are undergoing military training as they warned Vladimir Putin: “you’ve killed our children, now you will pay”.

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Women in Ukraine have warned Putin “you will pay”


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Kate Matchyshyn, 33, had never dreamed of joining the Army, but now she is learning how to fire, reload and clean an AK-47, The Sun reports.

She said: “Of course I am scared to have to train so I am capable of killing someone.

“It is a very hard thing for a woman to kill and I never thought that I would ever have to do it. But we have been forced to train for such a terrible thing by Russia.

“Russians are killing Ukrainian children so Ukrainian women will do what they have to do to protect them.

“We are the same as women anywhere in the world. All women have a protective instinct towards children and we will show that every day.

“Ukrainian women are strong — my main hobby for example is boxing — and Putin will find out just how strong. He has killed our children and so we will make him pay.”

The former massage therapist has left behind her business to join the conflict and is now just one of dozens of women receiving training at a female-run center for veterans called Warriors House.

Before the war businesswoman Bohdana Ostapyk, 23, ran her own successful PR firm in Kyiv – now she helps co-ordinate sessions at the training centre.

She said: “The war might end in a few weeks or it might go on for years and if that is the case every single person needs to know how to use a weapon — including women.”

Whatsapp pictures from a Ukrainian govt source showing women troops involved in the fight with Russia


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Although the frontline is currently some distance from Lviv, Russian troops are thought to be moving west and the women are determined to be prepared.

University lecturer, Bohdana Symiakevych, 25, is running a 500 volunteer strong operation to build camouflage nets to protect shelters and machinery used by Ukrainian troops.

They use tons of material donated by factories, tear them into 2in-wide strips and then tie them on to plastic garden netting to make 40ft by 6ft nets.

But despite their new reality, the industrial operation of women have not lost their sense of humor.

Bohdana said: “We make around 30 nets in a day. This is a really difficult time 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 United Kingdom for leading the world in that support.

“We have a joke that when the war is over and we have won we are going to go on holiday — 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 mum Natalia Dovhaliuk, 52, is one of 600 volunteers working round the clock to package up donations ready for transport to thousands of refugee camps across Ukraine and neighboring countries.

She said: “We are at war so how could I sit at home and watch the television?

“I had to do something so I come here every day.

“I believe with all of my heart that Ukraine will win the war.

“And when we do it will be down to the bravery of the soldiers but also thanks to the women of Ukraine who’ve done so much to help in many ways.”

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