Ukraine's Defence Ministry instructs civilians to make Molotov cocktails in order to 'neutralize the occupier'

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By stefan armitage

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Ukraine's Defence Ministry has instructed civilians to "make Molotov cocktails" on social media in an effort to "neutralize the occupier".

As reported by Reuters, people were instructed to assemble the petrol bombs via a tweet from the official Twitter page of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

The tweet was shared on Friday, following Russian military forces attacking Ukraine by land, sea, and air. According to the Ukrainian government, the invasion has resulted in countless deaths and injuries. Russia's "special military operation" has subsequently led to Ukrainian civilians seeking asylum across the borders or taking refuge in locations such as subway stations.

Directed at the people in the Obolon district in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, the tweet read: "In Obolon, the enemy DRG. We ask citizens to inform about the movement of equipment!

"Make Molotov cocktails, neutralize the occupier! Peaceful residents - be careful! Do not leave the house!"

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Per CNN, one Ukrainian TV network also broadcast instructions for citizens on how to make Molotov cocktails

The television segment reportedly showed an individual constructing the crude explosive - also known as a "poor man's grenade" or "bottle bomb". They could be seen pouring a colored fluid into a glass bottle, as a diagram depicted a a cloth wick acting as a stopper.

Overnight, CNN has reported that explosions and gunfire have continued to be heard throughout the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.

And despite rumors that he had fled the country, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has shared several videos of himself from the capital over the last 24 hours.

In a video shared to social media on Saturday morning, Zelensky said: "I am here. We are not putting down arms. We will be defending our country, because our weapon is truth, and our truth is that this is our land, our country, our children, and we will defend all of this."

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"That is it. That's all I wanted to tell you. Glory to Ukraine," he added.

In an official address earlier today, Zelensky called for support from "friends" of Ukraine, saying: "Everyone who can defend Ukraine abroad please do it directly in a united way."

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"We fought off enemy attacks. We’re defending our country. Kyiv & key places near the capital are under our control. The occupiers wanted to capture our capital and install their puppets like Donetsk. We broke their idea," he added.

Zelensky also stated that any friends of the country that wanted to "come over" would be supplied with a weapon by Ukraine.

"We are successfully holding back the enemy's attack. We know that we are defending our land and the future of our children," he said.

Featured image credit: Sipa US / Alamy

Ukraine's Defence Ministry instructs civilians to make Molotov cocktails in order to 'neutralize the occupier'

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By stefan armitage

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Ukraine's Defence Ministry has instructed civilians to "make Molotov cocktails" on social media in an effort to "neutralize the occupier".

As reported by Reuters, people were instructed to assemble the petrol bombs via a tweet from the official Twitter page of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

The tweet was shared on Friday, following Russian military forces attacking Ukraine by land, sea, and air. According to the Ukrainian government, the invasion has resulted in countless deaths and injuries. Russia's "special military operation" has subsequently led to Ukrainian civilians seeking asylum across the borders or taking refuge in locations such as subway stations.

Directed at the people in the Obolon district in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, the tweet read: "In Obolon, the enemy DRG. We ask citizens to inform about the movement of equipment!

"Make Molotov cocktails, neutralize the occupier! Peaceful residents - be careful! Do not leave the house!"

[[twitterwidget||https://twitter.com/DefenceU/status/1497118323372265476]]

Per CNN, one Ukrainian TV network also broadcast instructions for citizens on how to make Molotov cocktails

The television segment reportedly showed an individual constructing the crude explosive - also known as a "poor man's grenade" or "bottle bomb". They could be seen pouring a colored fluid into a glass bottle, as a diagram depicted a a cloth wick acting as a stopper.

Overnight, CNN has reported that explosions and gunfire have continued to be heard throughout the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.

And despite rumors that he had fled the country, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has shared several videos of himself from the capital over the last 24 hours.

In a video shared to social media on Saturday morning, Zelensky said: "I am here. We are not putting down arms. We will be defending our country, because our weapon is truth, and our truth is that this is our land, our country, our children, and we will defend all of this."

[[twitterwidget||https://twitter.com/ZelenskyyUa/status/1497450853380280320]]

"That is it. That's all I wanted to tell you. Glory to Ukraine," he added.

In an official address earlier today, Zelensky called for support from "friends" of Ukraine, saying: "Everyone who can defend Ukraine abroad please do it directly in a united way."

[[twitterwidget||https://twitter.com/WW3updated/status/1497520355937861634]]

"We fought off enemy attacks. We’re defending our country. Kyiv & key places near the capital are under our control. The occupiers wanted to capture our capital and install their puppets like Donetsk. We broke their idea," he added.

Zelensky also stated that any friends of the country that wanted to "come over" would be supplied with a weapon by Ukraine.

"We are successfully holding back the enemy's attack. We know that we are defending our land and the future of our children," he said.

Featured image credit: Sipa US / Alamy