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Beautiful Ukrainian Women Warrior, Lyudmila Pavlichenko is greatest female sniper

Lyudmila Pavlichenko, a Ukrainian, is often considered the greatest female sniper of all time. When the Germans attached the Soviet Union in 1941, officials tried to persuade the history student to become a nurse, but she insisted on joining the army as a shooter. She recorded 309 kills.

Bastrykin added: "There were also two snipers … one from Ukraine and I believe a Latvian woman."

That sounds an awful lot like the mythical "white tights" — the exotic female snipers of Chechen war lore who were said to pick off hapless Russian conscripts. As the story had it, these stone-cold, blue eyed killers were said to be from the Baltics — or Ukraine. They were sometimes described as Olympic biathletes recruited as mercenary sharpshooters by Chechen commanders.

Early life

Born in the Ukrainian town of Belaya Tserkov (Bila Tserkva) on July 12, 1916, Pavlichenko moved to Kiev with her family at the age of fourteen. There she joined a shooting club and developed into a sharpshooter, while working as a grinder at the Kiev Arsenal factory.[3] In 1937 as a student of Kiev University she successfully defended her master-thesis on Bohdan Khmelnytsky. World War II

In June 1941, 24-year old Pavlichenko was in her fourth year of studying history at the Kiev University when Nazi Germany began its invasion of the Soviet Union.[3] Pavlichenko was among the first round of volunteers at the recruiting office, where she requested to join the infantry and subsequently she was assigned to the Red Army's 25th Rifle Division;[3] Pavlichenko had the option to become a nurse but refused; "I joined the army when woman were not yet accepted".[3] There she became one of 2,000 female snipers in the Red Army, of whom about 500 ultimately survived the war. As a sniper, she made her first two kills near Belyayevka,[4] using a Mosin-Nagant bolt action rifle with a P.E. 4-power scope.

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