Ukrainian Grandmother Shows Off Her Self-Made Molotov Cocktails And Taunts Russian Army
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A Ukrainian grandmother has showed off her molotov cocktail collection and declares she's ready to take on the Russians.
CNN's Clarissa Ward has been interviewing citizens in Kyiv about how they're preparing following Russia's invasion into Ukraine.
The journalist came across Raisa Smatko, a retired economist and grandmother, who certainly isn't sitting idly by while foreign troops move deeper into her country.
A grandmother and retired economist tells @clarissaward she learned how to make Molotov cocktails using Google. "Let those Russian sh*ts come here," she says. "We are ready to greet them." pic.twitter.com/t3URCCdkD6— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) February 28, 2022
After Ukrainian officials urged people to start making molotov cocktails - a breakable glass bottle containing a flammable substance, motor oil and a rag - Ms Smatko started Googling how to construct the makeshift explosive device.
Clearly not content with being a badass, molotov cocktail-making grandmother Raisa then turned to the camera and taunted the enemy.
“Let those Russian s**ts come here," she said, "We are ready to greet them…. We will beat them.”
She added that the belief in her country is helping her stay strong.
“I believe in our Ukraine. I believe in Ukrainian people," she said.
Her story has captivated people all over the world who think she is displaying incredible resolve.
It never fails to amaze me how so often I watch these clips of Ukrainian grandmothers and see my own.— Joe Schmoe (@ChaimYankel2U) February 28, 2022
Love this grandmother. Ukrainian people are spectacular.— susan akins (@susanakins18) February 28, 2022
Amazing. People here throwing fits because they have to wear a mask, supposedly defending their freedoms and here’s a woman actually defending her freedom. Ukraine is becoming a model for us all.— David (@david_llanes26) March 1, 2022
Raisa certainly isn't the only Ukrainian citizen making their own molotov cocktail to fight back against the Russians.
Footage caught by Sky News in Dnipro, central Ukraine, showed locals helping to create the improvised weapons.
They were encouraged to make loads of the explosive devices after the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence sent out a recipe on social media.
Hundreds of men and women were seen packing glass bottles with Styrofoam - according to Sky News, the Styrofoam is used as it helps the firebomb to stick to its target.
There was also a Ukrainian brewery that switched from making beer to churning out molotov cocktails to help the resistance effort.
The Pravda Brewery, which is based in the country's west, posted on its Instagram page that it would be using their raw materials to help Ukrainians fight back against the Russians.
"Our freedom is at stake," the brewery wrote, "Many of you have written comments about improving the design of cocktails. Thanks! Remember - we are not a big but professional brewery and we do a lot of research!
"Not just a theory - many of us went through the bloody street protests of 2014, which overthrew the ex-president, who is now hiding in Russia. Practice helps!"
The brewery was forced to halt production of their alcohol due to the Russian invasion, however they decided to keep their doors open for a different kind of operation, according to EuroNews.
Pravda Brewery's post on Instagram revealed they are using one special kind of beer bottle to make the classic explosive device.
They've carefully selected their dry-hopped golden ale called Putin Huilo for their new efforts and the label means 'Putin is a d***head'.
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