Molotov cocktails on the menu: Ukrainian brewery switches from beer to bombs amid Russian invasion

Brewery owner Yuri Zastavny told “America’s Newsroom” Monday that he and his staff decided to use their own “chemical skills,” supplies and labor to contribute to the fight instead of standing idly by.

“Once we understand what can come through beer — because it’s no time for beer, we need to get other things sorted out – we decided to make Molotov cocktails because we can use bottles, we can use the people, and it was a grassroots idea.”

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Zastavny’s brewery is based in Lviv, Ukraine, which he described as a “safe haven” for Ukrainians who escaped bombings in other areas. He explained that over the last few decades, Ukraine has frequently used Molotov cocktails during other uprisings such as protests in 2014 and 2015, so the Ukrainian public is familiar with their construction.

Members of civil defense prepare Molotov cocktails in a yard in Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022.  (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Members of civil defense prepare Molotov cocktails in a yard in Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022.  (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky) (AP Photo)

“We know how to make them stick; we know how to make them light very well,” he said. “And we can unite, together, our theory of brewing and chemistry with the practice of using that eight years ago.”

The business owner reveled in the willingness of his fellow Ukrainians to help across all expertise and specialties – from IT to brewing — for the greater purpose of defending their country.

“That’s exactly the spirit,” he said. “If you can brew, then you can make Molotov cocktails. And we are not very selective in bottles. So if you have bottles even from… brewers or wine or water or whatever, it all goes to a good purpose.”

Ukrainian soldiers take positions outside a military facility as two cars burn, in a street in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. Russian troops stormed toward Ukraine's capital Saturday, and street fighting broke out as city officials urged residents to take shelter. AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti

Ukrainian soldiers take positions outside a military facility as two cars burn, in a street in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. Russian troops stormed toward Ukraine’s capital Saturday, and street fighting broke out as city officials urged residents to take shelter. AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti

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