New photographs show children in Ukraine learning how to use guns as threat of Russian invasion continues to loom.

The shocking pictures not only depict the stark reality of a potential war, but also the public’s opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The images come after fears Russia is planning to invade its neighbor soon. Putin has reportedly stationed a range of choppers on the border with Ukraine, which is seen as one of the most ominous signs of invasion.

Several youngsters joined in the open military training for civilians organized by activists in Kiev, Ukraine, reported The Sun. A host of citizens are ready to engage in armed resistance if the 130,000 Russian soldiers on the Ukrainian border attack. Thousands of Ukrainians like Rumia, 59, are preparing to protect their homes from a potentially "imminent invasion."

One woman was pictured wielding a big sniper rifle in her flat, warning Putin that she will "start shooting." Mariana Zhaglo, 52, said that she is willing to do whatever it takes to defend her nation. The woman, who has three kids, has set up a sentry post in her kitchen. She has armed herself with a huge Zbroyar Z-15 rifle, helmet and camouflage gear.

According to German newspaper Der Spiegel, new intelligence reports suggests that Russia will invade Ukraine Wednesday.

Despite US President Joe Biden warning Putin that Russia will pay "swift and severe costs" if they strike, Russian troops continue to be stationed on the border. A phone call between the two leaders ended in deadlock though the door was left open for further discussions. Biden said that he was prepared to engage in diplomacy while being "equally prepared for other scenarios."

Meanwhile, America is closing the US Embassy in Kyiv and "temporarily relocating" the remaining diplomatic personnel in Ukraine to Lviv, which is a city in western Ukraine. According to CNN, the step is being taken "due to the dramatic acceleration in the buildup of Russian forces," Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Monday.

He said in a statement that he ordered these measures for one reason, which is "the safety of our staff." Blinken added that they "strongly urge any remaining US citizens in Ukraine to leave the country immediately."

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