How civilian resistance is organized in the face of Russian attacks

Some Ukrainians manufacture military equipment such as anti-tank equipment, while others are grouped into civil brigades.

Faced with the Russian offensive starting on Monday, the fifth day, many Ukrainian citizens inevitably decide to join the resistance movement.

At this factory in Lviv, western Ukraine, it’s hard to imagine today that workers were making chimneys a few days ago. Sparks are flying under the hands of a man wearing a welding mask and are busy manufacturing anti-tank equipment. One of them refers to the cross thus obtained.

“When a tank arrives, it gets caught up in this cross, turns around and breaks,” he explains to the BFMTV.

In everyone’s heart, a single watchword: resist.

“We try to get information from the military about what soldiers need and find workers to do that,” explains the same protagonist.

Some people usually do a completely different job. Like Roman, Lviv’s teacher:

“In life, I’m a teacher and I teach transportation engineering. I’m also a welder, so I came to help,” he confesses to our antenna.

Citizen Brigade

In Kyiv, residents go to the police station to collect weapons, bulletproof vests, and ammunition, as shown in the TF1 7-8 report broadcast on Sunday. Others get together to make Molotov cocktails, as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky requested.

In various cities of the country, Ukrainians are organizing to resist invasion. In Koryukifka in the northeast, dozens of unarmed residents surrounded and repelled Russian soldiers all at once.

In Novoiavorifsk, not far from Lviv, a brigade of citizens is watching a little news. Orest, one of the members of the brigade, is only 18 years old. He promised to close the university.

“I was sitting at home all day during the war. I came to help people,” he testifies.

Within this brigade, 330 people collect testimonies of residents 24 hours a day and decide whether to patrol.

“We don’t have weapons from the Ukrainian government, but some members have shotguns to protect themselves,” brigade leader Volodymyr Matselyukh told BFMTV.

Within the political class, certain individuals have indicated their intention to arm, such as MP Kira Rudik, who testified on BFMTV, and former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who appeared to be armed with a rifle during a CNN interview.

The Pentagon estimates that the strongest resistance is in the city of Kharkiv in the eastern part of the country.

Creation of “International Army”

On Friday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on Europeans with “combat experience” to come and fight with Russians “to protect Europe”.

On Sunday, leaders announced the creation of an “international corps” of foreign fighters. “All foreigners who want to join the resistance to the Russian occupation forces and protect the security of the world have been invited by the Ukrainian authorities to join the defense forces,” Kyiv said.

“It’s an option that everyone can make, of course, not just for all Ukrainians living here, but for others who think they can contribute directly to the conflict,” Denmark said. Press conference on Sunday night.

Jérémy Normand, Jérémy Muller, Jérémy Paire, Constance Bostoen and Clarisse Martin