Ukrainian MP ditches gardening for Kalashnikov vowing ‘we’re not going anywhere’

Kira Rudik decided to swap her gardening work in favour of fighting against the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The Ukrainian MP who is the leader of the Voice Party, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's opponent has said she will continue to fight for the freedom of her country.

Despite being the opposition, she praised Zelenskyy saying he is doing "what a president should do".

It comes just days after Vladimir Putin instructed the Russian military to break international law and start a blistering invasion of his neighbouring country over NATO tensions, (February 24).

The member of parliament has taken to social media, showing the lengths she will be going to, to defend Ukraine.

Posing in front of her patio doors, holding a gun, she penned: "I learn to use #Kalashnikov and prepare to bear arms.

"It sounds surreal as just a few days ago it would never come to my mind, our #women will protect our soil the same way as our #men. Go #Ukraine!"

A later tweet read: "I planned to plant tulips and daffodils on my backyard today.

"Instead, I learn to fire arms and get ready for the next night of attacks on Kyiv. We are not going anywhere.

"This is our city, our land, our soil. We will fight for it. So next week I can plant my flowers. Here."

Earlier today, February 26, Kira and fellow Ukrainian MP Oleksiy Goncharenko were seen bearing firearms as they went about their day.

She told her 69,300 followers: "Resistance troops are gathering. Together with my friend @GoncharenkoUa getting ready for a tough night tonight. #UkraineWillResist."

Social media users have since flocked to the micro-blogging site, with one saying: "You're so brave and I wish this insane and devastating period in time will end – the sooner the better."

"You are incredibly brave and I hope any Russian that comes near you has a pocket full of sunflower seeds, all my love to you and the people of Ukraine," said another.

Before a third commented: "You are fierce. So very proud of you."

Speaking to ITV News, Kira confirmed she will use her gun "if she has to", telling the broadcaster: "Putin thought he could take Ukraine in just one day, we look at that.

"He was not able to take any major cities, there are 3000 Russian soldiers that are down right now and we will be fighting back as hard as possible."

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