Beauty queen who watches pals die on Ukrainian front line has bullet for Putin

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A former beauty queen has swapped her heels for a medical bag as she saves lives on the frontline in Ukraine.

But Evgenia Prokopenko, Queen of Ukraine – Earth 2012, admits that she keeps a makeup bag and perfume with her wherever she goes, even in the trenches.

And despite the 35-year-old medic's main concern being the saving of lives, Evgenia said she has a bullet for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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"I speak Russian fluently, but I don't know Putin's language. I don’t know in what language it’s still possible to speak him, because he refuses to understand all the languages of all world's developed countries," Evgenia, who also runs her own law firm, told the Daily Star.

And, adding a stark warning, she continued: "I have no words for him, because with Putin we need to act, not talk. I have only a bullet for him."

Evgenia, who is also handy with a rifle, left behind family and loved ones six months ago and headed for the frontline with the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

She has seen friends and comrades die, but still manages to cling to some semblance of her life as a beauty queen.

The Miss Earth 2012 finalist, from Kyiv, said: "No matter in what dugout trenches I am in, there is always a makeup bag with a mirror and perfumes in my military backpack!"

However, she recognises that her life has changed drastically since Putin ordered his "special operation" in late February. She now moves from battle front to battle front.

Most recently, she and her fellow troops liberated the town of Izyum, and neighbouring villages, from Russia. The area had been occupied for six months.

She said: "These are two very different, opposite lives. In civilian life, I was engaged in completely different things.

"I had my own business, there my 'uniform' was a business dress with heels, on the war a rough military dress and berets.

"Here, at the front, I am a paramedic. I evacuate from red zones (fighting zones) wounded. We provide first aid."

Evgenia, who also saves animals from danger zones, added: "I would never have believed, If someone had told me six months ago that I would be in the Ukrainian Armed Forces, sleeping in dugout trenches or basements, rescuing the wounded under fire.

"My life changed drastically six months ago."

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The beauty, who has lived in Kharkiv and Kyiv, added that she was able to "adapt" to both sides of her life, in both war and peace times.

"In both lives, I feel pretty organic, because you can adapt and get used to everything. You can sleep very sweetly on a cot and in a sleeping bag in drought trenches!" she said.

"When the worst comes – the injury or death of your friends – you just clench your fists, grit your teeth and do what is necessary."


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