Ukrainian civilians gather to help make Molotov cocktails to combat Russian forces

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Footage has emerged online showing Ukrainian civilians coming together to help make Molotov cocktails amid Russia's invasion.

The video footage was captured by Sky News, and shows people in the city of Dnipro, in central Ukraine, gathering to make the crude incendiary weapons - also known as petrol bombs or a "poor man's grenade".

In the video, hundreds of people can be seen stuffing grated styrofoam into glass bottles. Per Sky News, the styrofoam is included as a means of making the Molotov cocktails stick to the target.

You can watch the footage below:

During a report from Dnipro, Sky News correspondent John Sparks can be seen surrounded by Ukrainian civilians as they construct the projectile weapons.

"We're going to give you a glimpse of the Ukrainian war effort, but not in the way, perhaps, that you were thinking originally," Sparks says. "There are hundreds and hundreds of people here in Dnipro who have come to the center of town and they are in the process, here in this section, of making Molotov cocktails."

Sparks continued: "You can see them - they're taking styrofoam - they've sort of grated the styrofoam and they're now putting it into the bottles. The styrofoam works to make the Molotov cocktail sticky."

"They're making it according to a recipe that has been distributed by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence," he added.

On Friday, Ukraine's Defence Ministry shared a tweet directed at the people of the Obolon district in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv. Instructing them to make their own incendiary weapons, 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!"

Additionally, 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. They could be seen pouring a colored fluid into a glass bottle, as a diagram depicted a cloth wick acting as a stopper.

According to iNews, a Molotov cocktail consists of a glass bottle that has been filled with a flammable liquid - such as gasoline, alcohol, or a napalm-like mixture, along with some motor oil. A cloth wick is then used as a stopper, and is doused in another flammable fluid, such as alcohol or kerosene.

The name "Molotov cocktail" first originated from the 1939 Winter War between Finland and the Soviet Union. The people of Finland named the homemade weapon after Soviet foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov, who was a critical part of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact with Nazi Germany.

Featured image credit: Ukrinform / Alamy

Ukrainian civilians gather to help make Molotov cocktails to combat Russian forces

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By stefan armitage

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Footage has emerged online showing Ukrainian civilians coming together to help make Molotov cocktails amid Russia's invasion.

The video footage was captured by Sky News, and shows people in the city of Dnipro, in central Ukraine, gathering to make the crude incendiary weapons - also known as petrol bombs or a "poor man's grenade".

In the video, hundreds of people can be seen stuffing grated styrofoam into glass bottles. Per Sky News, the styrofoam is included as a means of making the Molotov cocktails stick to the target.

You can watch the footage below:

During a report from Dnipro, Sky News correspondent John Sparks can be seen surrounded by Ukrainian civilians as they construct the projectile weapons.

"We're going to give you a glimpse of the Ukrainian war effort, but not in the way, perhaps, that you were thinking originally," Sparks says. "There are hundreds and hundreds of people here in Dnipro who have come to the center of town and they are in the process, here in this section, of making Molotov cocktails."

Sparks continued: "You can see them - they're taking styrofoam - they've sort of grated the styrofoam and they're now putting it into the bottles. The styrofoam works to make the Molotov cocktail sticky."

"They're making it according to a recipe that has been distributed by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence," he added.

On Friday, Ukraine's Defence Ministry shared a tweet directed at the people of the Obolon district in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv. Instructing them to make their own incendiary weapons, 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!"

Additionally, 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. They could be seen pouring a colored fluid into a glass bottle, as a diagram depicted a cloth wick acting as a stopper.

According to iNews, a Molotov cocktail consists of a glass bottle that has been filled with a flammable liquid - such as gasoline, alcohol, or a napalm-like mixture, along with some motor oil. A cloth wick is then used as a stopper, and is doused in another flammable fluid, such as alcohol or kerosene.

The name "Molotov cocktail" first originated from the 1939 Winter War between Finland and the Soviet Union. The people of Finland named the homemade weapon after Soviet foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov, who was a critical part of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact with Nazi Germany.

Featured image credit: Ukrinform / Alamy