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Despite the tough odds that they face, Ukrainian soldiers appear to be as confident as their fearless leader, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Case in point: A Ukrainian soldier recorded a video message to his Russian counterparts reportedly giving them one last chance to surrender before it’s too late.
The cheeky video was posted on Twitter this Friday. While its exact origin remains unclear, a rough translation has been provided by several Twitter users.
Watch the video below:
— Peedu Tuisk (@peedutuisk) February 25, 2022
“I’ll record this in Russian to make it be clearer. Well, guys, what’s up? What, is the Ukrainian night quiet, as the great Ukrainian writer Gogol said? Is everything good with you, kids? Do you like our Bayraktars?” the soldier begins, referring to Ukrainian novelist Nikolai Gogol and Bayraktar combat jets.
“What do you think — what’s flying about you right now? What do you think — what is rustling in the bushes, my guys? What thoughts do you have about that? What the f–k could it be?” he continues.
Assuming the translation is correct, it sounds as if he’s mocking the Russians for being “trapped,” per se, in a land/environment that they’re not familiar with.
“Dudes, you are f–ked. You’ve stopped for now. We’re fine. We’re pulling up our reserves. We have aviation and we have tanks. We’ve got everything. Your ass is ours, fellas,” he continues, comparing the Ukrainian military’s performance to that of the Russian military.
He had a point. Multiple sources have reported that the Russians have sustained over 1,000 casualties, at minimum. Russia for its part claims it hasn’t lost a single soldier, but audio/video evidence like what’s seen below disproves this.
Though on the other hand, reports have also emerged that Russian President Vladimir Putin has thus far only deployed a small portion of his total military might.
This photo of a dead Russian soldier outside Kharkiv reminds me of the Battle of Stalingrad. Images like these can have a huge impact. Please share it with any Russians you know and hope it impacts resistance to the war there.
Photo by Tyler Hicks/New York Times. pic.twitter.com/gmN8CgjQif
— Anders Östlund (@andersostlund) February 26, 2022
The Ukrainian soldier then offers his Russian counterparts one last chance to surrender, warning them that if they don’t bend the knee, they’re going to get their butts whooped.
“How about this … why don’t you f–king surrender while you still have the chance? Many of you have already chosen that path. It’s not that bad, really. It may be a mistake we treat prisoners of war fairly well,” he mockingly says.
“So you are stuck right now, and soon we’ll start kicking your a–, and we’ll start doing it right now. Therefore, use your last chance,” he concludes.
The video originally went viral thanks to Olga Tokariuk, a freelance Ukrainian journalist:
This cheerful Ukrainian soldier literally says ‘Welcome to hell, Russians!’. I hope someone does English subtitles of this! https://t.co/DpYRymkjAy
— Olga Tokariuk (@olgatokariuk) February 25, 2022
But strangely enough, in her tweet, she said that the soldier had said “welcome to hell, Russians.” Yet this wasn’t included in the transcript prepared by the user Peedu Tuisk. It’s not clear whether she was exaggerating or had heard wrong — or whether Tuisk’s translation is what’s off.
Regardless, the video went mega-viral, prompting widespread praise and applause for the unidentified Ukrainian soldier (*Language warning):
The energy that lives within these brave Ukrainians is what the Romans called Sol Invictus. The indomitable solar spirit. It lives in the heart of good men who fight for what is good. It’s unbreakable and unstoppable. GLORY TO UKRAINE
— Zarathustra (@Zarathu72345621) February 25, 2022
never seen the term “happy warrior” quite so literally expressed, but…. yeah. Ukrainian morale was turned up to 11.
— Dominar Wonko the Irritable (@MWonko42) February 25, 2022
Russia might have more weapons and manpower but Ukrainians have spirit and morality. Most Russian soldiers don’t even know why they’re fighting…
— Frankie (@jinoscopy) February 26, 2022
What make them strong is they don’t afraid to die for their country. Good luck Ukrainian.
— ️ (@akaunrasmi) February 26, 2022
Strong energy of this pic.twitter.com/TJzmUrC7ot
— Guy Brush (@SnugAsBugInRug) February 26, 2022
Similar praise has been directed at Zelenskyy for refusing to accept an evacuation offer from the U.S. government and instead choosing to remain in the capital city of Kyiv and literally fight for his life.
There’s also been praise for Vitaly Skakun Volodymyrovych, a Ukrainian soldier who reportedly blew himself up to destroy a bridge and prevent the Russians from rushing across.
A Ukrainian soldier blew himself up in order to destroy a bridge and prevent Russian forces from storming in from Crimea, it has been reported. Vitaly Skakun Volodymyrovych died while attempting to fend off a row of Russian tanks at the Henichesk bridge, in the Kherson region. pic.twitter.com/RrHRBJICOP
— The Mirror (@DailyMirror) February 25, 2022
And then there’s the contingent of Russian soldiers who, despite being outnumbered and outgunned, told the Russians to “go f–k yourselves” rather than surrender. For that, they lost their lives but gained the world’s eternal respect and admiration.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 25, 2022
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