Babushkas in ‘liberated’ Ukrainian city remain staunchly pro-Russian

By Carol Morello, June 30, 2014

MARIUPOL, Ukraine — The stout matron with her hair in a bun was known as “Baba Natasha,” and as Ukrainian soldiers closed in to arrest her, she allegedly lobbed a grenade.

Authorities described Nataliya Valentynivna Hruzdenko, 46, as the head of a terrorist cell of pro-Russian separatists operating in the working-class city of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine.

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