Ukraine MPs vote to give permission for civilians to carry firearms

Ukraine’s parliament on Wednesday voted to approve in the first reading a draft law which gives permission to Ukrainians to carry firearms and act in self-defence.

“The adoption of this law is fully in the interests of the state and society,” the authors of the draft law said in a note, adding that the law was needed due to “existing threats and dangers for the citizens of Ukraine”.

Business brisk at Kyiv gun shops as Ukrainians rush to buy arms

Ukrainians are buying guns, ammunition and sniper rifles ahead of a possible Russian invasion, with long queues inside weapons stores on Wednesday.

With a state of emergency set to be unveiled, the country’s parliament approved a draft law that gives Ukrainians permission to carry firearms. Previously they were forbidden from leaving home with lethal weapons.

Most Ukrainians – boys and girls – learn how to shoot at school. About 400,000 people are estimated to have combat experience, following Vladimir Putin’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and the Moscow-supported armed uprising in the east.

But the threat in recent days of a possible attack on Kyiv has caused an unprecedented rush to buy arms. Gun shops have sold out of some weapons, such as AR-10 and AR-15 assault rifles, with business now exceptionally busy.

Ukraine president says he will give weapons to citizens who want to defend country

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Thursday that any citizen who wanted to defend the country from Russian attacks would be provided with a weapon.

“We will give weapons to anyone who wants to defend the country. Be ready to support Ukraine in the squares of our cities,” he tweeted as the conflict between both neighboring countries escalated.


I said there would be a lot of Ukrainians raised on the stories from babusya and didusʹ on what happened to the family under Stalin’s holodomor and would want their revenge.

It’s very hard to subdue a nation that is in active resistance where one in four or five civilians has a rifle and will take potshots at your troops.

The only problem is that the people now have to get guns.

We already have them.

This is why you don’t let politicians take them away.

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4 thoughts on “I said there would be a rifle behind every blade of Ukrainian grass”
  1. There’s an active duty Marine LTC with extensive combat experience in Afghanistan that I think taught at Annapolis last year. He posted this to his Instagram:

    “When this war turns into an insurgency, should Russia try and win Ukrainian hearts and minds? Does winning the hearts and minds of a country you just invaded sound dumb?”

  2. Here’s hoping they also get spare magazines, ammo, and at least a basic set of instructions. Preferably illustrated pages, as well as verbal at the time of receipt.

  3. Oh so now the AR-15 and AR-10 are weapons of war? Don’t be surprised that the whacky leftists use that to add fuel to their long standing narrative.

    1. what do you mean, “now”? They have been claiming civilian styled semiauto AR-15s and AR10s are “assault weapons” for decades. They are also the ones being quoted above. This isn’t new; this is the same “liberals/media” saying the same things they have been since before the 90’s ban.

      I would also hazard a guess that the “sniper rifles” referenced would be considered hunting rifles by most of us.

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