Ukrainian soldiers mourn during the funeral of fellow soldier Dmitry Zhelisko
Vladimir Putin Fires New Russian Kalashnikov Sniper Rifle Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

A female sniper has become Ukraine’s national hero after rallying troops on the front line. Identified only as “Charcoal”, reports of her courage and bravery have been echoed throughout Ukraine lauding her as the new symbol of a dauntless Ukrainian resistance against the Russian invasion. reported that the sniper joined the Ukrainian marines in 2017 and fought pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk and Luhansk. Since Russia invaded the country, she has vowed to fight Vladimir Putin’s war to the very end. “We must take them all out,” said Charcoal.

“These people are not human beings. Even the fascists were not as vile as these orcs. We must defeat them,” she said after issuing a rallying call to Ukrainian troops upon returning to the front line, according to The Times.

In January, Charcoal initially quit the army but returned to the ranks of the 35th infantry brigade of Rear Admiral Mykhailo Ostrogradsky just a month after to answer her call of duty to fight for Ukraine. Her bravery has been compared with WWII legendary sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko, a Ukrainian female sniper nicknamed "Lady Death". Pavlichenko is noted to have killed 309 Nazis and was hailed as the country’s most successful sniper.

Apart from being taken from the front line to meet Allied leaders, Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin, she was given Ukraine's highest award, the Hero of the Soviet Union. After the war, she was featured on postage stamps. A film was also made in her honor in 2015.

Ukraine hangs on threads of hope with its top sniper Charcoal after Russia’s renowned female markswoman “Bagheera” was reported to have been captured. The 41-year-old Irina Starikova was taken by Ukrainian forces when she was injured while fighting in the Donbas region. Starikova, a mother of two who is notoriously reputed to have had over 40 kills, is said to be married to Alexander Ogrenich, also known as the Slavic dragon, who has served jail time for a list of convictions. To this day, Starikova’s fate is unknown.

A first aid training instructor shows how to drag a soldier from the battlefield during a first aid training
A first aid training instructor shows how to drag a soldier from the battlefield during a first aid training on April 3, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. After more than five weeks of war, Russia appears to have abandoned its goal of encircling the Ukrainian capital. However, Ukraine expects a renewed fight in the east and south. Photo by Alexey Furman/Getty Images

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