One Tough 'Blueberry': Russian Female Sniper Crushes Ukrainian Manpower
18:53 GMT 16.10.2023 (Updated: 15:08 GMT 16.11.2023)
A remarkable Russian sniper known as Chernika (which in Russian means 'Blueberry') has been honored with the For Courage medal for her extraordinary bravery. For nearly a full day, alongside her comrade and a skilled drone operator, the sharpshooter did everything possible to adjust artillery strikes while facing enemy fire.
Chernika played a pivotal role in targeting and neutralizing four armored personnel carriers, including two Dutch M113s, and Ukrainian military personnel.
This resilient lady has dedicated six months of service to the Española Volunteer Battalion, primarily composed of football fans. In her early twenties, Chernika conceals her face beneath a balaclava, carrying a PM pistol in a holster and a knife in a sheath. Her attire includes a khaki panama and shaved temples for convenience, a testament to her unwavering commitment to the front lines. Her resolve is fortified by the collective's shared values, notably a strict ban on alcohol, as she firmly believes that "a drunken soldier is no longer a soldier."
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Chernika navigates the battlefield on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), demonstrating her adaptability and resourcefulness. When asked about her training, she humbly responds that she acquired her weapon handling and target adjustment skills right there. Her recent achievements include effective fire adjustment, resulting in the successful destruction of four enemy vehicles.
"I lived in one of the cities [of Donbass], saw how hard it was for the military, distributed humanitarian aid, but it wasn't enough for me... Since childhood I've wanted to become a sniper," the courageous lady says.
Her fellow male soldiers emphasize that Chernika doesn't hold back. She stands shoulder to shoulder with her comrades on the front lines because, in their eyes, a fighter is a fighter, regardless of gender.