Irina Starikova is the Russian Sniper the Ukrainian Forces captured after being abandoned on the battlefield. Irina Starikova, also known as ‘Bagira,’ has told her captors that she was left on the battlefield after being wounded.
Irina Starikova, a sniper; fresh photographs portray an excellent female shooter who killed more than 40 people but was given a major setback by Ukrainians, who handed a major setback to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Codenamed 41-year-old Irina Starikova ‘Bagheera,’ after Rudyard Kipling’s Black Panther in The Jungle Book, is Irina Starikova’s code name.
According to reports, Starikova is from Serbia and has been pursued by Ukrainians since 2014, although she is neither from Serbia nor was she a nun-turned-sniper, as other tales claim. Instead, she served in the 11th Specialized Special Operations Division as a sniper.
According to the Peacemaker Center, she received the George Cross medal for her efforts. In the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, where the Kyiv government has been fighting since 2014, Starikova fought alongside Russian insurgents. The Ukrainian military forces announced her capture alongside photos of her, saying she “shot our detainees in 2014.”
Since 2014, her captors claim she has killed “40 Ukrainians, including civilians” while fighting in Donbas. Georgy Ravishvili, a scholar at King’s College London’s Department of War Studies, confirmed her capture.
She had barely graduated from high school when she volunteered to join the Red Army. Mironov fought in the sieges of Odesa and Sevastopol and is said to have lost at least 34 men. However, some sources indicate he lost more than 100.
Irina Starikova is 41 years old, which means she was born in 1980/1981 in Russia.
Starikova is married to a Belarusian soldier named Aleksandr Ogrenich. According to a 2017 investigation by the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, he goes by the code name Gorynych. He is said to be a member of the Russian separatists’ armed forces, with the rebel commander claiming to have killed over 100 Ukrainians. From around 2014, he led a separatist ‘intelligence team.’ Starikova is the mother of two girls, ages 11 and 9.
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