Volunteer fighters armed with assault rifles patrolled central Kyiv on Friday, ready to defend their country.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 26, 2022
Yes, this is the New York Times writing approvingly of average Ukrainian citizens taking up arms to defend themselves, their families, and their country. They’re being thousands of what the Times refers to as “assault rifles” for which most of them will have had little to no training at all.
Not that it matters. When your country is being attacked by a foreign army, you use the weapons at hand.
An estimated 18,000 assault rifles, variants of the Kalashnikov, have been distributed in Kyiv since Thursday.
For many in line, the decision to pick up arms and fight a street battle against one of the world’s largest armies was driven by patriotism.
“I don’t really have any choice,” said Hlib Bondarenko, a 21-year-old computer programmer. “This is my home. I have nowhere to go, and I’m not going to give it up.”
Olena Sokolan, a business manager, stood proudly in a line made up mostly of men.
“I am a woman, but I am strong,” Ms. Sokolan said. “I don’t have any fear. I’m ready.”
See Russian, point rifle, pull trigger.
This is the same New York Times that writes so approvingly of “assault weapons” bans here in the US of A. Never mind that the muddled old Gray Lady has written that Clinton’s AWB both failed miserably and worked as intended. Because as Americans are seeing hourly on their televisions and news feeds, who really needs an “assault rifle” anyway?