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22-year-old Ukrainian gold medalist warns Putin’s forces they ‘won’t stand a chance’


Olympic star shooter takes aim at Moscow troops: 22-year-old Ukrainian gold medalist warns Putin’s forces they ‘won’t stand a chance’

  • Kristina Dmitrenko, 22, won gold in biathlon at the 2016 Youth Olympics
  • The sport combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting to “shoot well”
  • She now serves with the National Guard of Ukraine to protect her homeland
  • The young woman now uses a machine gun, saying: ‘I am not afraid of the enemy’

She’s a champion shooter with an Olympic gold medal to her name.

But now Ukrainian sports star Kristina Dmitrenko is training to hit a very different kind of target after joining the war effort against Russia.

And the 22-year-old doesn’t seem afraid to overrun the troops, warning Vladimir Putin’s forces: “I shoot well.”

Miss Dmitrenko won gold in biathlon at the 2016 Youth Olympics, a sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting.

On the front line: Kristina Dmitrenko, 22, is now serving in the National Guard of Ukraine

The biathlete, from the northern city of Chernihiv, was preparing for international competition in Italy when war broke out in Ukraine this year.

Now she serves in the National Guard of Ukraine to protect her homeland.

“I never thought in my life it would be like this. Nobody can imagine that,” she said.

“I shoot well, so the invaders won’t have a chance.

Even if I temporarily replace my biathlon rifle with a machine gun, whatever weapon is in my hands, I will hold out until the end. Victory will surely be ours.

Before the start of the war, Miss Dmitrenko went to a training camp in the Carpathians with the national youth team.

22-year-old Ukrainian gold medalist warns Putin’s forces they ‘won’t stand a chance’

Champion: The biathlete competing in 2017

But, on February 24, she woke up to a message from a friend that her homeland had been invaded.

“Friends from Chernihiv and kyiv sent photos of the horror they had to endure,” Miss Dmitrenko said.

‘But I’m not afraid of the enemy.

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