Volunteers from territorial defense units make Molotov cocktails in Kyiv. PHOTO: MARCUS YAM/LOS ANGELES TIMES
Ukrainian citizens have responded to their government’s call to make Molotov cocktails to attack invading Russian tanks.
People across Ukraine, including in the capital Kyiv and Dnipro, were seen gathering materials to pack polystyrene plastic and gasoline into bottles in preparation for the battle.
Ukraine is outmanned and outgunned by the sophisticated and highly manned Russian military, but so far Russian forces have failed to deliver a decisive blow against the Ukrainian Armed Forces or its leadership.
As Russian troops are expected to step up their attacks on major cities, civilians have resorted to basic measures in case they come face to face with invading soldiers.
The Ukrainian government broadcast the recipe for the improvised incendiary weapon on national radio stations and on Telegram.
The Pravda brewery in Lviv has announced that it will stop making beer and instead switch to making Molotov cocktails.
The company’s label shows Russian President Vladimir Putin sitting naked on a throne and reads “Putin is an asshole.”
Across Ukraine, people are being given weapons and joining Territorial Defense Force units to defend their homes, after the country’s military said anyone who could have a gun could have one.