A sniper hailed as Ukraine’s very own “Lady Death” as she battles Russian soldiers has become a national hero.
The sharpshooter, known only as ‘Charcoal’, is shrouded in mystery as she states she will fight Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forces “to the very end”.
The markswoman has spent years fighting against pro-Kremlin separatists in Luhansk and Donetsk, having joined the Ukrainian Marines in 2017.
Her prolific and now infamous status among the people of Ukraine has drawn comparisons to Ukrainian-born markswoman Lyudmila Pavlichenko, who tallied up a shocking 309 kills while in active service.
Charcoal served on numerous tours in the east of Ukraine but left the armed forces in January of this year.
She left just weeks before Putin ordered Russian soldiers to invade Ukraine on February 24.
But the determined sniper volunteered for a return to frontline combat with the 35th infantry brigade under Rear Admiral Mykhailo Ostrogradsky as she issued a rallying cry to Ukrainian troops.
Speaking to The Times, Charcoal said: “We must take them all out. These people are not human beings. Even the fascists were not as vile as these orcs. We must defeat them.”
Charcoal’s face has been partially covered in pictures to protect her identity.
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Comparisons between the mystery Ukrainian sniper have been drawn up with Lyudmila Pavlichenko, who earned the nickname Lady Death after tallying up 309 Nazi kills during World War 2.
She is claimed to have never lost a sniper duel during her years of service, and heralded as the most successful female snipe ever after serving in the Red Army in the defence of Odesa and Sevastopol.
Pavilchenko went on to tour the US and England as a propagandist, The Sun reports.
Charcoal could be following in Pavilchenko’s impressive footsteps, earmarked as a symbol of Ukrainian resistance as soldiers battle against invading Russian forces.