Fact check: Former Miss Ukraine now says pics with guns are for inspiration only, she’s NOT fighting Russians

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Former Miss Ukraine Anastasiia Lenna became an internet symbol overnight of Ukrainian determination to fend off the Russian invasion after posting photos to Instagram showing her posing with a rifle. She added hashtags – #standwithukraine and #handsoffukraine – to make no mistake that she supported her country.

She walked back the possibly misinterpreted posts with a statement saying she is not actually taking up arms against the Russian military and suggested the weapon in the photos is actually an airsoft gun.

 

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According to online tabloid TMZ, Lenna also warned Russian President Vladimir Putin:

“Everyone who crosses the Ukrainian border with the intent to invade will be killed!”

Lenna praised Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, calling him a “true and strong leader.” Zelensky has become something of an internet sensation himself with a photo circulating of him in fatigues on the front lines of the assault on Kyiv. The photo of him in fatigues is actually a year old but the symbolism is strong, as he is indeed leading from the front.

Lenna, winner of Miss Ukraine 2015, usually works as a public relations manager in Turkey.

She has posted photos in the past with her holding guns, scattered among bikini shots and posts showing her enjoying the good life.

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God bless America’s Second Amendment: Ukraine leaders have issued 10,000 rifles since Russia has invaded

February 26, 2022

KYIV, UKRAINE – A Ukrainian reporter posted on Twitter that the Interior Ministry has reportedly issued out 10,000 automatic rifles to civilians in the area to arm them since the Russians invaded.

The Ukrainian government recently authorized citizens to have and carry firearms so that they could fight against the Russian military that has invaded their country.

A decision that has led to the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky vowing to say he would arm any citizen who wanted a firearm to protect the country.

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The decision sparked thousands of citizens to take the President and the Ukrainian Parliament up on the offer. On Twitter, Ukrainian reporter Illia Ponomarenko wrote:

“10,000 automatic rifles have been given to regular civilians in Kyiv in the last few hours – Interior Minister.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine which started on February 24th. Since invading, the Russian military has been able to take over swaths of the country and now have their sights on Ukraine’s capital of Kyiv.

President Zelensky has refused to leave the capital even though he is in grave danger once the Russians are able to seize control. He knows if and when the Russians take control, they will take him into custody.

President Zelensky reportedly received an offer from the United States offering to be evacuated which he refused. According to the embassy, the president reportedly said:

“The fight is here; I need ammunition, not a ride.”

President Zelensky then tried to encourage his fellow citizens and members of the military to stand up against the Russians:

“We will be defending our country, because our weapon is truth, and our truth is that this is our land, our country, our children, and we will defend all of this.”

How long the battle will rage is unknown, but the Ukrainian forces certainly face an uphill battle in terms of strength. Before the war started, Ukraine had roughly 196,000 active military members with 900,000 reservists while the Russians have roughly 900,000 active and 2 million reservists.

Despite the drastic difference in military strength, reports of Ukrainian citizens fighting back against the invading force have increased. The citizens of the country may be emboldened by President Zelensky and other political leaders, like Sviastoslav Yurash, who have stepped up and vowed to fight to the end.

Yurash was interviewed on “The Ingraham Angle” vowing to fight:

“The battle is happening everywhere now in Kyiv. I mean, I’m hearing plenty of shooting happening in the streets, and believe me, I’m not the only member of Parliament who is joining the fight. Yesterday, we were just planning and bringing guns to try to give it to everyone who wants to join in battle.

“And yesterday, we had an occurrence in the city north of the city. We pushed them [Russians] out. And now this night, when we’ve been indifferent, they’re just using the night to try and surprise and overpower everything.

“But in reality, they are overwhelmed because Kyiv is a city of a million – millions of people, and they are fighting back tears as they have been fighting for the last 48 hours. So, we are very confident as far as the reality that everybody here wants to defend their country and their city to the end.”

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