‘Badass’ blind gran rejected by Ukrainian army says ‘I can smell a Russian tank’

A "badass babushka" partially-sighted grandmother from Ukraine who was rejected from the volunteer forces says "I may be nearly blind, but I can smell a Russian tank".

The lady was speaking to a reporter while holed up in her apartment in an undisclosed location, when she said that she tried to volunteer for the army in her native Ukraine.

"I was trying to join the army, but they say that 'you are a little bit too old' and another problem 'you are nearly blind.' I said 'maybe I'm nearly blind, but I can smell a Russian tank, OK?'," she told a BBC frontline reporter.

"It will be necessary if Russians come here, of course I will fight."

The gran also revealed that she has no running water and that there is constant shelling in the area.

"What a Badass Babushka," one Reddit user said in response to the news report.

At the beginning of the Russian move into Ukraine in late February, another elderly woman won the hearts of the world with her fierce and beautiful rebuttal of Vladimir Putin's soldiers in Henychesk, Kherson region.

After brazenly asking a group of soldiers “what the f***” they were doing in Ukraine", the unidentified woman told them to take some sunflower seeds, the national flower of Ukraine, and put them in their pockets, “so at least sunflowers will grow when you all lie down here".

The ballsy woman then declared: “From this moment, you are cursed. I’m telling you.”

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"Why are Ukrainians so legendary, they are straight wordsmiths! It’s like it’s in their blood to come up with the most epic and effective quotes ever," added another Reddit user in response to the "badass babushka", citing the sunflower lady too.

Also in February, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky turned down an offer from the United States of evacuation from the capital city Kyiv with an epic quote of his own.

"The fight is here; I need ammunition, not a ride," Zelensky told the US.

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