- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A 68-year-old math teacher in western Ukraine has taken part in volunteer training to take on pro-Russian separatists, should the day arrive.

In a YouTube video posted Jan. 17 by Ukraine Today, Ekaterina Bilyik, nicknamed “The Punisher,” bounds with a rifle in hand. She and other volunteers are preparing to defend themselves against the kind of unrest plaguing eastern Ukraine eastern since Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

“Maybe such a time will come that I will be able to stand with the gun. What if I’m given a gun and not know how to fire? If everyone among us appreciates the homeland, then we will have victory,” Ms. Bilyik told Ukraine Today.

A spokesman for the Ukrainian army told the Daily Mail on Tuesday that the grandmother was able to pass a series of military tests required of all volunteers.

“I have lived here all my life and we survived the Nazi occupation and the Soviets, and I believe in standing up for what’s right and making sure we never see occupation again,” Ms. Bilyik said, the Daily Mail reported.

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