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A Ukrainian mother of three has armed herself with a powerful hunting rifle and vowed to “fight for Kiev” amid fears of a Russian invasion.

“As a mother, I don’t want my children to inherit Ukraine’s problems, or pass on these threats to them. I better deal with this now,” Mariana Zhaglo, 52, told the London Times in her Kiev kitchen, where she posed with the high-caliber weapon.

Zhaglo, a marketing researcher, spent the equivalent of $1,300 on the Zbroyar Z-15 carbine, which she learned to use by attending a two-week sniper course.

“I have never hunted in my life. I bought this carbine after hearing some soldiers argue about the best rifle to get,” said Zhaglo, who attached a silencer, telescopic sight and bipod to the weapon, she told the outlet.

The armed mother, a member of the Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces, also spent more than $1,100 on a helmet, snow camouflage, bulletproof vest, ammunition bags, boots and a surplus British Army uniform.

“I have pickles and cans of fish, chicken and ham stashed by the kitchen table, and lots and lots of ammunition,” Zhaglo told the Times.

“If it comes to that, we will fight for Kiev, we will fight to protect our city. I see no point in the Russians starting a war and leaving Kiev alone. If the fighting starts, they will come here. Kiev is a prime target,” he added.

Their preparations come as Ukrainian officials have sought to ease concerns about a possible Russian invasion, telling their citizens “there is no reason to panic,” even as the United States and its NATO allies prepare to provide additional support.

President Volodymyr Zelensky said earlier this week that the situation is “under control”, while Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov claimed that Russia’s armed forces had not yet formed battle groups.

The Kremlin has called Western concerns about the prospect of an invasion “hysteria” and accused NATO allies of using Ukraine for their own “provocations” against Moscow.

On Tuesday, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov accused the US of “fomenting tensions” around the Eastern European Country.

Concerns over increased military action by Moscow have grown in recent days, as the US has begun to evacuate families of diplomats from Ukraine and NATO has announced plans to increase its own military presence in Eastern Europe.

Zhaglo said the threat of an invasion “has been present one way or another for eight years.

“Ramping up troop levels, then taking them back again, was a regular practice both of the Soviets and the Russians. People here became familiar with the tension,” she told the news outlet.

“I am the only one in my own social circles even talking about this crisis at the moment. My friends and neighbors are talking about where they will spend their spring and and summer holidays,” she added.

Meanwhile, the TDF has been ramping up recruitment efforts to provide assistance to the country’s 255,000 regular troops, the Times reported.

“I am in market research, a woman and not so young either. The TDF is my best option to get trained if I’m needed to fight. … I will take my orders whatever they are. If there’s a need for the shooting to start, then I’ll start shooting,” Zhaglo said.  @

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