As the Russian military approached the outskirts of Kyiv on Friday, President Joe Biden spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. “A senior American intelligence official with direct knowledge of the conversation” told The Daily Mail that Biden offered to help Zelensky, Putin’s number one target, escape the city.
The Ukrainian leader, whose courage and resolve have been impressive throughout this crisis, reportedly replied, “The fight is here; I need ammunition, not a ride.”
“There's a lot of fake news online that I called on our army to lay down arms, & that there's evacuation. I'm here. We will defend our state” President Zelensky@AP reports, when asked to evacuate Kyiv by the US he replied: “I need ammunition, not a ride”pic.twitter.com/8GbtLhOc98
— Stefan Simanowitz (@StefSimanowitz) February 26, 2022
The fortitude of the Ukrainian people has become a constant theme in the media’s coverage of Putin’s invasion of the former Soviet republic.
In the face of near certain defeat, Ukrainians from trained soldiers to civilians, have repeatedly demonstrated their determination to defend their homeland from the Russian onslaught.
During a Skype call with former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who was defending the capital city of Kyiv alongside civilian defense forces on Thursday, CNN’s John Berman asked, “How long do you think you can hold out?”
Poroshenko replied, “Forever.”
Berman asked what ammunition the group is equipped with and the former president picked up a Kalashnikov rifle. He said they have four (inaudible) and two machine guns. They have no heavy artillery or tanks.
He said civilians were lining up to join the defense initiative and that it was “an extremely great demonstration [of] how Ukrainian people hate Putin and how we are against Russian aggression.”
“I think that Putin will never catch Ukraine despite … no matter how many soldiers he has, how many missiles he has, how many nuclear weapons he has. We Ukrainian[s] are free people with a great European future.”
“How long do you think you can hold out?”
— CNN (@CNN) February 25, 2022
A Ukrainian soldier, part of a group defending tiny Snake Island, located in the Black Sea, yelled “Go f*** yourself” to sailors on an approaching Russian warship, according to Politico. The ship opened fire, killing all of them.
In a Telegram post, Zelensky wrote: “All the defenders of Snake Island died, but they did not surrender.” He added that they would be named “heroes of Ukraine.”
Earlier, audio had emerged of the Ukrainians defending Snake Island receiving a warning from Russian forces before the attack. All of the conversations were in Russian.
“I am a Russian warship. I suggest you lay down your arms and surrender to avoid bloodshed and unnecessary victims, or you will be bombed,” the Russians said.
A male Ukrainian soldier is heard saying “So that’s it … Should I tell them to fuck themselves?”
A female Ukrainian soldier responds: “Well, just in case.”
The male soldier then says: “Warship, go fuck yourself.”
A soldier who volunteered to blow up a bridge leading into Ukraine to slow the Russian advance knew it was a suicide mission. But he did it anyway. The full story can be read here.
There are many stories like this coming out of Ukraine.
While the Russians are expected to take the city of Kyiv fairly quickly, the defiance of the Ukrainian people will make a Russian occupation difficult. In other words, good luck maintaining control Mr. Putin.
Except for the Chinese, who have grown closer to the Russians for obvious reasons, Iran, and India, who wishes to remain neutral in this conflict, Putin is facing near universal condemnation for his unjustifiable aggression.
Fox News reports that hacker group “Anonymous” has declared war on Russia. And they have called on hackers from around the world to target Russian sites.
Hackers all around the world: target Russia in the name of #Anonymous
let them know we do not forgive, we do not forget.
Anonymous owns fascists, always.
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) February 25, 2022
"Russian Government Websites Are Currently Down. Several Russian government websites, including the official Kremlin site, appear to be inaccessible."
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) February 25, 2022
Anonymous, one of the most notorious hacking groups in the world, announced a “cyber war against Russia”. That message appeared on their website. They also announced that they brought down RT’s site. https://t.co/Lq9vz7iLPB
— Bianna Golodryga (@biannagolodryga) February 25, 2022
Ridiculously, the Taliban, who remain neutral, released a statement on Friday which began, “The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is closely monitoring the situation in Ukraine and expresses concern about real possibility of civilian casualties.” Yes really.
— Abdul Qahar Balkhi (@QaharBalkhi) February 25, 2022
And I’ll leave you with this.
Spoilers, Anonymous – Brandenburger Tor Berlin 🇩🇪 / 🇺🇦 https://t.co/lSgofAALaE
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) February 26, 2022
UPDATE [Sunday: 8 a.m. ET]: I see that Twitter has removed the tweet. It was a message to Putin that said, and I’m paraphrasing, ‘Let’s fast forward to the time when you put a bullet through your head in your bunker.’