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Last Thursday’s explosions and gunfire woke up the Ukrainians, who responded in droves by voluntarily enlisting themselves to protect their loved ones from danger.
“I am not a natural-born killer, and I never dreamed to be that type of guy,” said Volodymyr Omelyan, who served as infrastructure minister of Ukraine from 2016 to 2019. However, he added that enlisting is a way to protect his wife and children.
“We will win,” he said in an interview, confident of the outcome of the war.
Thousands of Ukrainians are taking part in battles against Russia, even with the dangerous risk.
“Ukraine will not kneel,” said one enlistee in an interview with Beardsley. “We will push these bastards from our land.”
Ukraine’s government has encouraged its citizens to take up arms against Russia following last Thursday’s invasion.
Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, is threatened by Russian forces who use artillery and missiles. As a result, the people have abandoned the cities in droves to seek refuge from this battle.
Thousands of people rushed towards Ukraine’s western borders as the attack catapulted. Over 50,000 Ukrainian civilians have escaped their country since the beginning of Russia’s attack, says the United Nations high commissioner for refugees, Filippo Grandi.
But the Ukraine border agency says that they will not allow 18 to 60-year-old Ukrainian citizens to leave. The policy will be implemented so long as the nation continues to be under martial law, stated Ukraine’s border guard service in a statement.
Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky, has called on reserves and urged citizens to resist Russia. But he hasn’t pressed a general draft yet.
Many Ukrainian men have stated their choice: they are willing to fight.
“If I have to, then I will. Of course, I mean, I’ve never held in my arms a gun, for example. I don’t know how to shoot it. I don’t know how to use it. But if I get drafted, then I’ll be OK with it. And I’ll go fight,” said 22-year-old college student Vitaliv Shutov.
Zelensky also encouraged men from Europe to stand with them in battle, emphasizing that the war with Russia included the entire continent.
“If you have combat experience in Europe and do not want to look at the indecision of politicians, you can arrive in our state and protect Europe with us where it is now urgently required,” said Zelensky.