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Ukraine’s deadliest female sniper claims Putin will be ‘assassinated by his own henchmen’ – and warns ‘I would kill him if I could’


Ukraine’s deadliest female sniper has claimed that Putin will be ‘assassinated by his own henchmen’ and warned that she would kill him herself if she could.

Olena Bilozerska, 44, said Putin ‘will not live to see the international tribunal where he will be judged’, as she believes he will be ‘killed by his own henchmen’ once the ‘Russian elite realises that Putin’s rule is becoming unprofitable for them’.

‘Of course I would kill him if I could – but it’s unrealistic for me to get such a chance, Olena, who has been credited with at least 10 confirmed kills in the trenches of Donbas, told the Sun

She also described Putin as an ‘inadequate person’ and warned that if he succeeded in taking over Ukraine, other neighbouring countries like Moldova, Poland or Finland could be invaded next.

The female sniper added that Russia could only be defeated on the battlefield, because ‘Russian politicians never keep their promises’ and would break any treaties.

Olena Bilozerska (pictured), 44, said Putin 'will not live to see the international tribunal where he will be judged', as she believes he will be 'killed by his own henchmen' once the 'Russian elite realises that Putin's rule is becoming unprofitable for them'

Olena Bilozerska (pictured), 44, said Putin ‘will not live to see the international tribunal where he will be judged’, as she believes he will be ‘killed by his own henchmen’ once the ‘Russian elite realises that Putin’s rule is becoming unprofitable for them’

'Of course I would kill him if I could - but it's unrealistic for me to get such a chance, Olena (pictured), who has been credited with at least 10 confirmed kills in the trenches of Donbas, told the Sun

‘Of course I would kill him if I could – but it’s unrealistic for me to get such a chance, Olena (pictured), who has been credited with at least 10 confirmed kills in the trenches of Donbas, told the Sun

She also described Putin (pictured) as an 'inadequate person' and warned that if he succeeded in taking over Ukraine, other neighbouring countries like Moldova, Poland or Finland could be invaded next

She also described Putin (pictured) as an ‘inadequate person’ and warned that if he succeeded in taking over Ukraine, other neighbouring countries like Moldova, Poland or Finland could be invaded next

Olena joined the Ukrainian military as a volunteer sniper in Dnipro in 2014 while working as a journalist in Kyiv before becoming a full-time soldier of the Ukrainian Marine Corps in 2018. 

She was demobilised in 2020, but went back to fighting for her country after Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022 and still serves in Ukraine’s Artan Special Unit. 

Although she was demobilised from the marines in 2020, she and her husband Valeriy Voronov were both still members of Ukraine’s Territorial Defence Services, ready to deploy.

She is something of a celebrity in Ukraine due to her best-selling book called ‘Diary of an Illegal Soldier’, referring to the fact that for the first few years of her service, volunteers like her were not technically allowed to fight on the front lines, but the law was changed in 2016.

She was well-known even before the war as her oppositional journalism found her under threat of imprisonment by the old hardline regime of Viktor Yanukovych, deposed in the 2014 Maidan Revolution.

Olena also wrote poetry but found no contradiction between that and fighting, telling MailOnline: ‘A creative nature requires perfectionism in everything, and this helps a lot in my work. Of course I don’t write poetry now though.’

She said just weeks before the invasion in 2022 that she does not believe that Putin will order an invasion and his troop build-up was just ‘pressure and intimidation’.

But when her assessment turned out to be false, she and her husband signed up for an army unit and arrived on the front line on the day Putin’s forces sent missiles to rain down over her home town Kyiv. 

Olena told the Sun that the nature of the war has become more difficult compared to the fighting in 2014 and 2017 due to Russia’s use of drones enabling the enemy to ‘see you almost all the time’. 

The 44-year-old, now planning and leading raids as an officer in Ukraine’s Defence Intelligence unit, said Ukraine must continue to fight Russia to take back control over its borders as they were outlined in 1991 after the Soviet Union collapsed. 

‘After that, Ukraine must isolate itself from Russia with a reliable and very well-fortified border, strengthen its army, and finally join Nato,’ Olena told the Sun. 

Olena ¿ who was then a volunteer fighter, but later joined the Ukrainian Marine Corps, has no qualms about any of the men she has killed or wounded in battle

Olena – who was then a volunteer fighter, but later joined the Ukrainian Marine Corps, has no qualms about any of the men she has killed or wounded in battle

Bilzerska (pictured) says she spares no thoughts for those unfortunate enough to come into her line of fire. ¿When the enemy crawls towards our position to kill me, does he think if I have a husband, parents, or kids?¿ she said

Bilzerska (pictured) says she spares no thoughts for those unfortunate enough to come into her line of fire. ‘When the enemy crawls towards our position to kill me, does he think if I have a husband, parents, or kids?’ she said

She said that Russia was fighting against Ukraine because ‘it is not satisfied’ with its ‘very existence’ and Putin’s country could only be defeated in battle, not via treaties.

Olena previously said she has no qualms about any of the men she has killed or wounded in battle.

She told MailOnline: ‘Moral anguish about the “murder of a human” was invented by people far from the war. An armed enemy is not a person, but a target.

‘You take up a weapon against my country – that’s it, you’re a target. If you don’t take him out in time, he might kill you or one of your comrades.’

She said she spares no thoughts for those unfortunate enough to come into her line of fire. ‘When the enemy crawls towards our position to kill me, does he think if I have a husband, parents, or kids?’ she said.

‘Of course not. And I don’t bother myself with stupid things either. That stuff is for books and movies. In real life, anyone who thinks along those lines in battle is already as good as dead.’

Olena’s skills as a sniper are undeniable, as chilling footage from 2017 shows, in which she is picking off her targets through a thermal imaging night sight with the ruthless efficiency.

On the soundtrack, as a bird flutters above the silent enemy trench 200m away, she is surprised to see two men crawling out of their position.

‘It was the night of Ukrainian Independence Day anniversary in August 2017,’ Olena recalled, ‘and these Cossacks must have assumed we were lying drunk in our trenches celebrating.

‘I felt something interesting was going to happen when they started getting out of a trench and passing weapons to each other.’

The sobering footage shows one man crawling out of the trench into the crosshairs of Olena’s rifle. Unable to believe her eyes, she exclaims to her comrade “Ah, he got out! Look, look, look, look -crawling! B*****d.”

Twenty seconds later, the image becomes more focused and her first shot rings out, targeted at the enemy soldier’s torso, swiftly followed by two more rounds.

After the screen clears following the gun’s muzzle flash, another soldier is seen leaning over his comrade and he is similarly dispatched.

Shortly afterwards, another enemy combatant is seen emerging above the level of the trench and he is felled with a single shot, falling lifelessly backwards out of sight.

‘I shot three of them that night,’ said Olena. Two of them were what we call ‘cargo 200′ [an old Soviet military term for dead, referring to the labels put on coffins] and the third was “cargo 300” [wounded].’

Afterwards her husband Valeriy, who was beside her in the trench, collected up the cartridge casings and, following an old sniper tradition from WWI, had one made into a silver ring for her.    



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