Countless awe-inspiring stories of courage and grit have come out of Ukraine in the past few days. One such act of bravery was highlighted by Liubov Tsybulska, an advisor to the Ukrainian government, over the weekend. Tsybulska said a woman in Kyiv had taken down a Russian drone by slinging a jar of cucumbers at it from her balcony. “How did they expect to occupy this country?” she asked her followers on Twitter.
While many were quick to dismiss the incident as fiction, a local news organization persevered and managed to trace down the gutsy woman with a novel anti-drone strategy.
Her name is Elena. She lives in Dniprovskyi, an urban district in the city of Kyiv, and works at a small shop in the neighborhood that sells household supplies such as soap and washing powder.