LONDON — Ukrainians flocked online Friday to look up a recipe: molotov cocktails.
She called on Ukrainians to make the homemade weapons and take up arms and join territorial defense forces, which she noted have simplified their recruitment procedures.
Searches for “how to make a molotov cocktail” spiked in Ukraine in the last 24 hours, according to Google search data.
Molotov cocktails are improvised incendiary devices, made by pouring a flammable liquid into a glass bottle and plugging it with a cloth “fuse” before setting it on fire.
Search interest was initially highest in the northeastern regions of Ukraine, which were first attacked by Russian forces, including Slobozhanshchyna, where Ukraine’s second-largest city of Kharkiv is located.
Google searches also showed a popular variation on “how to make a molotov cocktail in the forest.” As forces moved closer to Kyiv throughout Friday, search interest on how to make the devices skyrocketed in the capital region, home to nearly 3 million people, overtaking the rest of the country.
“This is our land,” Maliar wrote. “We do everything to make it very difficult for the enemy. . . . Victory will be ours!”
Adela Suliman contributed to this report.