Ukrainian beauty queen posts pic in fighting gear, warns Russian ‘invaders will die’

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Former Miss Grand Ukraine Anastasia Lenna has taken to social media to voice strong opposition to the Russian invasion of her home country.

Lenna, a beauty queen and Ukraine’s 2015 representative in the Miss Grand International beauty contest, posted multiple photos and videos on her Instagram account in recent days condemning the unprovoked attack and warning that Russian invaders will face fierce resistance from the Ukrainian people.

In one post, Lenna is seen wearing what appears to be fighting gear. In another post, this one a reel, she is seen practicing her aim with a rifle at a shooting range.

In the caption, she wrote, “The invaders will die on our Ukrainian lands! Wait and see!” adding, “Please, share more information about this situation! Support Ukraine! Stop Russian aggression! You can help us!”

According to the New York Post, Lenna shared a message on her Instagram story over the weekend that said, “Everyone who crosses the Ukrainian border with the intent to invade will be killed!”

The post, written in English, was reportedly accompanied by a photo of armed soldiers blocking a roadway.

In a subsequent post, she allegedly quipped, “Our army is fighting in such a way that NATO should apply for entry into Ukraine.”

Multiple outlets reported that Lenna had in fact joined the Ukrainian military to offer armed resistance against the Russian assault; however, that has not yet been confirmed.

Lenna, who is an avid airsoft player, shared another post on her Instagram on Monday, saying, “I am not [sic] a military, just a woman, just normal human. Just a person, like all people of my country.”

“All pictures in my profile to inspire people,” she continued. “I had a normal life just on Wednesday, like millions [of] people. I don’t do any propaganda except showing that our women of Ukraine — strong, confident, and powerful.”

“I appreciate all attention and support to my country, all people in Ukraine we fight every day against Russian aggression,” she added. “We will win!”

Lenna’s messages come as many Ukrainian civilians and notable figures — including current Ukrainian President Volodomor Zelenskyy, former President Petro Poroshenko, and Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko — have joined the fight against Russia.

Since the start of the invasion, the government has urged male residents aged 18 to 60 to take up arms in defense of their country and offered weapons to anyone who would join the fight. Countless have responded to the call.

Despite being under-armed and outmanned, Ukrainian fighters have thus far been able to hold off Russian forces from reaching the capital and overthrowing the government — as they reportedly planned to do.

Now, the two sides are expected to hold peace talks “without preconditions” on the Ukrainian-Belarusian border, near the Pripyat River, in the coming days. It remains to be seen if the negotiations amount to anything lasting.

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