The Olympic star shooter with her sights on Moscow’s troops: Ukrainian gold medallist, 22, warns Putin’s forces that they ‘won’t have a chance’
- Kristina Dmitrenko, 22, won gold in the biathlon at 2016 Youth Olympic Games
- The sport combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting so she ‘shoots well’
- She is now serving with the Ukrainian National Guard to protect her homeland
- The young woman now uses a machine gun, saying: ‘I have no fear of the enemy’
She’s a champion shooter with an Olympic gold to her name.
But now Ukrainian sports star Kristina Dmitrenko is training to hit a very different type of target after joining the war effort against Russia.
And the 22-year-old seems to feel no fear of invading troops, warning Vladimir Putin’s forces: ‘I shoot well.’
Miss Dmitrenko won gold in the biathlon at the 2016 Youth Olympic Games – a sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting.
On the frontline: Kristina Dmitrenko, 22, is now serving with the Ukrainian National Guard
The biathlete, from the northern city of Chernihiv, had been preparing for an international competition in Italy when war broke out in Ukraine this year.
Now she is serving with the Ukrainian National Guard to protect her homeland.
‘I never thought in my life it would be like this. No one can imagine this,’ she said.
‘I shoot well, so the invaders won’t have a chance.
Even if I temporarily replace my biathlon rifle with a machine gun, whatever weapon is in my hands, I will stand to the end. Victory will surely be ours.’
Before the start of the war, Miss Dmitrenko had travelled to a training camp in the Carpathian Mountains with the junior national team.
Champion: The biathlete competing in 2017
But, on February 24, she woke up to a message from a friend saying that her homeland had been invaded.
‘Friends from Chernihiv and Kyiv sent pictures of the horror they had to endure,’ Miss Dmitrenko said.
‘But I have no fear of the enemy.’