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ATO stories: 23-year-old sniper from Vinnytsia, mother of six-year-old daughter

ATO stories: 23-year-old sniper from Vinnytsia, mother of six-year-old daughter
Translated by: Christine Chraibi

23-year-old Mariya Viter, a young lady from Vinnytsia, has returned home for a break from the war. She has been fighting with the Donbas battalion in eastern Ukraine.

Mariya was a hairdresser in civilian life, but became a sniper. She left behind a six-year-old daughter and this, she says, helped her survive.

Prior to ATO, Mariya Viter worked as a hairdresser. She admits that the events in the East forced her to radically change her life. She left her six-year-old daughter with her mother-in-law and went to train at the volunteer battalion’s training camp. There, she learned how to use a machine gun and sniper rifle.

She told her mother about her decision just before taking the oath.

Video in Ukrainian

Translated by: Christine Chraibi
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