It is essential to be respectful of a people that has a sense of humor even when a foreign arm invades. There are some humorous interactions between Ukrainians and Russian soldiers in the midst fervent fighting.
As RedState has reported, Putin’s advance has hit more than its share of roadblocks, including stretched supply lines and Russian forces being spread too thin along too many fronts. One microcosm was when a Russian armoured personnel carrier (some MTLB variant) ran out of fuel. On the way to Kyiv, fuel ran out.
An exchange began when a car pulled up with some Ukrainians.
Ukrainian driver meets Russians on route who ran out of gas. #Kyiv:
– Vehicle broke?
– No, waiting for diesel.
– I can tug you back to Russia!
– [Russians laugh]
– Do you know where are you going?
– No. What is the latest news?
– #Ukraine wins. Your guys surrender pic.twitter.com/sfhkPNRntZ
— Russia Ukraine Updates (@itswpceo) February 26, 2022
I don’t necessarily have some profound analysis to offer here. This was just too great not to share. Pride for one’s country is always a heart-warming thing to witness, and never more so than while that country is being illegally invaded. It takes courage to mock an enemy to their face, and there’s certainly a strong will among Ukrainians that isn’t going to be easily broken by Russian aggression.
The video makes me question how involved the Russian military forces are on the ground in securing Ukraine. I’m not suggesting they’ll surrender and go home, but I am suggesting they may not be willing to wholesale slaughter civilians in an all-out attempt to take Kyiv. A control center located hundreds of kilometers away can fire cruise missiles. However, it’s a completely different process than asking soldiers to trigger the gun up close.
Here’s another clip illustrating that tension on the ground.
What the hell are you doing? Yes, I am Russian. But I reside in this country. Your country is ours. Do you not have country problems to resolve? Is it possible to be all that rich in Dubai, but not here? They’re puppets.”
Love this gradpa in Melitopol, Zaporizhia region https://t.co/r0VZDsxa4P
— Olga Tokariuk (@olgatokariuk) February 26, 2022
At this stage, Ukraine is proving to be a formidable resistance force. Initial estimates suggested that there would be 50,000 deaths and the collapse of an Eastern European country. Instead, they’ve fought valiantly, support is flowing in, and the Ukrainian people have expressed a desire to do whatever it takes to expel the invaders. The Ukrainian people have shown that they are determined to succeed.