Alisa, a 38-year-old Ukrainian media specialist in the capital, has always enjoyed sports shooting and joined a local territorial defense unit over a year ago to acquire combat skills.
Now she is worried that she will have to use those skills in a real war with Russia.
“People die, it’s scary. Worse, when you think about the life of a 7-year-old child, not just your own,” she said in an interview with Reuters at her home in the suburbs of Kiev. Timur was watching a cartoon.
“I understand that he can be hurt because of the stupidity of his neighbor, not his brother,” said Alisa, who asked her to be identified by her name alone.
With Russia’s buildup of tens of thousands of troops near the border with Ukraine, Ukraine and the Western nations have aroused fear that Russia is ready to invade. This is what Moscow denies.
Alisa joined the Territorial Defense Force a year and a half ago. In January, as Russian troops rallyed, the government said it wanted to form a reserve battalion into a corps of up to 130,000.
Alisa said she saw dozens of new people attending training sessions every Saturday.
As is often the case this weekend, she is dressed in camouflage combat uniform and has one of two small caliber guns at home, a pine forest with dunes, an old railroad, and some abandoned. I went to a training ground such as a construction site.
Along with dozens of other volunteers, mainly men in their late 30s and 40s who work in the private sector, she was then tasked with protecting the concrete building from enemy sabotage operatives. As part of the patrol, I spent 7 hours either on the ground or on the guards. ..
She said the fact that she had at least basic training was some comfort.
“If God forbids, the war begins … I know how to move from dangerous point A to safe point B,” Alisa said.
“I understand what to do if I’m under attack. I know how to help Timur, friends, and neighbors in the event of a fire.”
Bike fan Alisa has traveled to more than 50 countries with her husband, who is also a biker. She is a media relations specialist for organizations working in cybersecurity.
She tries not to skip training sessions herself, even if she needs to rest badly at the end of work.
“If you have a peaceful time, you’ll miss training when you’re tired, but now that you need more than ever, you’ll get up early for a session,” she said.
Alisa said she likes to acquire new skills that foster self-confidence and courage, but she hopes she doesn’t have to use them.
“I felt angry, hated and canceled the plan. It’s all unrealistic to me and I don’t know how such stupid things can happen in the civilized world of the 21st century,” she said. Said.
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