A Ukrainian grandmother has spoken out about how she is preparing weapons to fight against invading Russian forces.
Raisa Smatko was speaking to a CNN news reporter about her efforts to combat the Russian army as soldiers were beginning to approach Ukraine.
You can watch the video below.
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A Ukrainian woman shows CNN's chief international correspondent @ClarissaWard her homemade Molotov cocktails. She is just one of many Kyiv residents who are improvising weapons in an effort to defend the capital city against Russian armed forces. pic.twitter.com/zgSTUku6s6
Raisa’s yard had become a drop-off point for resources to help Ukrainian fighters, with donations including food, sleeping bags and other goods.
And Raisa, who previously worked as an economist, revealed she had been making Molotov cocktails to fight Russians should she find herself pushed too.
When quizzed on how she made the bombs, which are made up of glass bottles with a flammable liquid inside, Raisa replied: “Google helped.”
Speaking about her faith in the Ukrainian army, Raisa told reporters: “We will beat them.
“They [Russia] won't come. I believe in our Ukraine. I believe in Ukrainian people.”
A number of ordinary Ukrainian citizens have bravely risked their own lives to confront the Russian army.
One woman received international attention after a clip of her arguing with an armed Russian soldier went viral on Twitter.
The 20 second clip sees the woman demand why the Russian soldier is on Ukrainian soil.
“What the f*ck are you doing in our land?” she’s seen asking, in an exchange that was translated by a Mashable journalist.
When the soldier responds that they have “exercises” there, the woman asks “so what the f*ck are you doing here?”
When the soldier tries to shut down their exchange by declaring that their conversation “will lead to nothing” and asks her to move on, the woman doubles down on her warning.
She replies: “You’re occupants, you’re fascists. What the f*ck are you doing on our land with all these guns?”
With a reference to Ukraine’s national flower, she warns: “Take these seeds and put them in your pockets, so at least sunflowers will grow when you all lie down here.”
You can watch the shocking footage here.