Ukraine retaliates: the air defenses would have “made havoc” on the Russian planes; civilians take up arms; ex-president ready to fight, swears country will hold back Russian troops ‘forever’

Despite being outmatched in almost every facet of the war, the Ukrainian people would be strong in defending their country, seeking to repel Russian troops who launched an unprovoked invasion on Thursday.

What are the details?

While it is difficult to get an accurate picture of exactly how the fight in Ukraine is unfolding, images and videos shared on social media over the past few hours have shown signs of Ukrainian determination to defend their country.

Forbes journalist David Ax tweeted that Ukrainian air defenses and fighters “were wreaking havoc” on Thursday, shooting down Russian planes and helicopters conducting aerial assaults on Ukrainian military installations and population centers.

A Ukrainian fighter pilot dubbed the “Ghost of Kiev” has become an unconfirmed hero after allegedly shooting down six Russian fighter jets single-handedly.

TheBlaze previously reported that Ukraine claimed to have inflicted significant losses on the Russian military on the first day of fighting, including up to 80 tanks, up to 516 armored fighting vehicles, 10 aircraft, 7 helicopters and 2,800 special staff members.

Seemingly determined to attack Kiev and overthrow the Ukrainian government, Russian forces persisted despite the resistance offered. Friday, they advanced in a northern district of the capital, where the inhabitants had to “prepare Molotov cocktails” to defend the city.

In Ukrainian towns, residents have sworn to take up arms against the encroaching enemy. Video posted on Twitter by security analyst Michael A. Horowitz on Friday allegedly showed mass-distributed weapons to Ukrainian civilians who had volunteered to fight.

Among the brave residents standing in the streets ready to fight was former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The former leader reportedly took a Kalashnikov rifle alongside the Civil Defense Forces on Friday.

Asked by CNN’s John Berman, “How long do you think you can last?” Poroshenko answered defiantly“Always.”

“Putin will never be [overtake] Ukraine, no matter how many soldiers it has, how many missiles it has, how many nuclear weapons it has – we Ukrainians are free people,” he added.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko and his brother are also determined to defend their city and their nation.

“It’s already a bloody war,” Klitschko told ITV on Thursday, according to the New York Post. “I have no other choice. I have to. I will fight.”

What else?

Current Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has also remained in the capital despite grave danger. The leader allegedly claimed that he and his family were the main targets of the offensive and that Russian death squads were actively seeking to assassinate him.

“I stand with my people,” he proclaimed.

A senior US defense official told reporters on Thursday that Russia had “full intentions of decapitating the government and installing its own method of governance” in Ukraine. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s designs for the European continent will not stop there.

Zelenskyy declared martial law in Ukraine earlier this week after Putin first announced the launch of a “special military operation” in his country.

Under this declaration, Ukrainian men between the ages of 18 and 60 are not allowed to leave the country. On the contrary, they are encouraged to join the fight. Surprisingly, people over 60 would also be get in on the action.

Nothing else?

A commander in Kiev told CBS News that thousands of people had arrived to fight, many with little or no military experience. According to him, the biggest challenge was to find weapons for all the volunteers.

“This is my country. I have my family here, and I have a duty to protect my family and protect my country. And this is the duty of every Ukrainian,” said a resident, a cartographer by profession, arrived in Kiev to help defend it, said.

He added: “We will fight as hard as we can. We will fight because we have our families…our country and our way of life that we are not ready to give up.”

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