Sunrise hosts are taken aback by Ukrainian woman’s defiant speech about staying to confront the Russians: ‘I was born here, my mother was born here – this is my land’
- Sunrise hosts surprised over Ukrainian woman’s stoic decision to stay put in Kyiv
- ‘This is my land’, the woman said, as she stays put in makeshift home bunker
- Residents flee as Russian troops move in, with forces expected to take capital
Sunrise hosts David Koch and Natalie Barr were left shocked and impressed by a Ukrainian woman’s pledge to stay in Kyiv as Russia invades.
The Ukrainian resident, Anna Adrusyk, patriotically spoke of her desires to stay in the country’s capital as thousands flee to the border to escape the Russian military onslaught.
‘I was born in Kyiv, my mother was born in Kyiv, my grandmother was born and raised in Kyiv, this is my land,’ Ms Andrusyk told Sunrise on Friday.
‘This is where I belong, and this is my choice, I don’t know if it is the right choice, but we are responsible for it.’
Ms Andrusyk woke up to explosions on Thursday afternoon (AEDT) at her home, after Russian forces had entered the country causing havoc, and prompting many to flee.
She made the snap decision to high tail it to her mother-in-law’s place, where there is an underground shelter.
‘This morning at 5am, I woke up because of explosions and we picked up our kids, moved to my mother-in-law’s house, because she has the underground level of her house, where vegetables are kept,’ she said.
‘We are still thinking, ‘did we make the right choice to stay here’,” she said.
‘We are scared because our house is located not far from the military airport, which is extremely important for Russians to take over,’ she said.
Ukrainian resident doubles down in battleground hot spot of home in Kyiv: ‘this is my land’.
‘All day long we have heard shootings, explosions, and seen military helicopters flying over our house.’
Kochi asked her whether she was prepared to fight herself.
‘So far I believe in my army, I believe in professionals who can do that, but I have read a couple of articles about how to be a partisan.’
Her comments came as citizens of Kyiv rushed to shelters after the government warned Russia were going to bomb the city.
Russia’s forces have encircled the capital and are on course to bring the small European nation to its knees, according to US security officials.
Intelligence suggests that Kyiv is expected to fall to the Russian large-scale assault by the weekend, after the military seized control of the remains of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
Meanwhile questions arose about Turkey entering the war after one of its ships was hit by a bomb off the coast of Odessa in Ukraine.
Turkey is a member of NATO, underlining fears that the war in Ukraine could quickly escalate and spark an all-out conflict in Europe.
Ukraine at war: A huge explosion is seen at Vinnytsia military base, in the central part of the country, as the nation comes under all-out attack by Russia
Flame and smoke rise from the debris of a private house in the aftermath of Russian shelling outside Kyiv, Ukraine
Speaking after the latest developments, US President Joe Biden announced more sanctions against Russia and resisted calls to send in US troops to Ukraine, saying he has no plans to speak to the Russian leader who he accuses of trying to rebuild a Soviet empire.
The sanctions will target Russian banks, oligarchs, state-controlled companies and high-tech sectors, but Russian oil and natural gas were spared in an attempt to avoid disruption to global markets.
‘Putin is the aggressor. Putin chose this war. And now he and his country will bear the consequences,’ the US President said.