This Ukrainian grandma wasn’t just handed the nickname “The Punisher”; she had to earn it.
Upon seeing the terrible carnage left behind after Russian-backed rebels clashed with pro-Ukraine fighters, 67-year-old Kateryna Bilyk decided she should do something to help her country. The math teacher and grandmother of five wanted to set an example to the young people that despite her advanced age, she could still make a difference; so she gathered some belongings and headed off to the nearest Ukrainian war training center.
While she admits that her original intention was to help out the fighters at the camp by preparing supper for them after laborious days, that soon changed once she got there. She saw that other women were training in the camp, ignored the fact that they were over forty years younger than her, and demanded assault-rifle training for herself.
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Nataliya Ishenko, a Ukrainian army spokeswoman, said that Kateryna had received the same training as all of the other recruits and had passed all of the marksmanship tests. She has been dubbed “The Punisher” by others in the camp because of the way she talked about what she was going to do to her opposition.
“I have lived here (in Ukraine) all my life and we survived the Nazi occupation and the Soviets, and I believe in standing up for what’s right,” Bilyk said. “We need to give them the message that Ukraine is a free country, and if they don’t like it, they can go back to Russia.”
h/t: New York Post
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