THIS is the moment when a brave Ukrainian stood up to heavily armed Russian soldiers hours after their invasion, demanding to know what they were doing in her country.
The enraged woman screamed, “What the fuck are you doing in our land?” and told them they would “die” if they stayed in Ukraine. A number of Twitter users hailed her courage after footage of the confrontation went viral.
In a short video, a woman asks the soldiers, “Who are you?” before they reply, “We have exercises here. Please come here.”
After asking to know if they are Russian, she then says, “So what the fuck are you doing here?”
Trying to calm her down, one of the soldiers replies: “Our discussion will lead nowhere.”
The woman replies in a rage: “You are occupiers, you are fascists! What the fuck are you doing in our land with all these guns? Take these seeds and put them in your pockets so that at least sunflowers will grow when you all lie down here.
Sunflowers are the national flower of Ukraine.
She also calls the soldiers “cursed” and says that they “came here uninvited” to her country.
The clip of an angry woman confronting two soldiers was filmed in the port city of Genichesk on the Sea of Azov, less than 18 miles from Russia-annexed Crimea.
One Twitter user, praising the woman, wrote: “Courage is amazing! Thanks! We are with you!
This comes as protests erupted around the world against the war between Russia and Ukraine, including in Moscow, where Russian police brutally broke up demonstrations and arrested scores of their own citizens.
Protests against the actions of Vladimir Putin swept around the world, including in Russia itself.
In the country’s two largest cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg, protesters have expressed their support for Ukraine by chanting “no war” in a completely unusual display of defiance.
According to opposition groups in the country, about 1,400 people were detained by Russian police during anti-war protests, including 700 in Moscow and more than 340 in St. Petersburg.
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Dramatic photos and videos show police dragging protesters away and throwing them into vans.
Unverified footage shows Russian police attacking a woman as a crowd watches a demonstration in Russia.
Posting a video of the Moscow rally on Facebook, Ukrainian government adviser Anton Gerashchenko wrote: “Ukrainians! Call, write to your friends and acquaintances in Russia – ask them to tell everyone that Russian soldiers are now dying in Ukraine – sons, brothers, fathers!
In Moscow, protesters gathered on the city’s Pushkin Square, chanting “No to war!” in the face of a large police presence.
“I feel like Putin has lost his mind,” said one sobbing protester, who declined to give her name. Telegraph from the Moscow rally.
“A lot of people understand what’s going on and realize how far it can go.”
Earlier, Russian opposition activist Marina Litvinovich said she was detained as she left her home in Moscow, hours after calling on Russians to protest on Thursday evening.
More than 150 senior Russian officials signed an open letter condemning Putin’s invasion as an “unprecedented atrocity” and warning of “catastrophic consequences.”
What the fuck are you doing in our land?
The letter says they are “convinced” that Russian citizens do not support the war, and “personally” accuses Putin of sending troops to Ukraine in an attack “for which there is no and cannot be justified.”
Earlier Thursday, Russian authorities issued chilling warnings to all would-be protesters.
The country’s investigative committee, which deals with serious crimes, said any “negative comments” about Putin’s invasion would be treated as “treason.”
Anti-war demonstrations took place outside Russian embassies around the world, including in London, Berlin, Paris, Sydney and Tokyo.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday urged Ukrainians to “come out” and “protest against this war,” days after urging Russians to do the same in a last-ditch effort to prevent an invasion.
“We severed diplomatic relations with Russia,” he said. “For everyone who has not yet lost their conscience in Russia, it’s time to come out and protest against the war with Ukraine.”
Russian troops have taken over Chernobyl today, raising fears of a nuclear disaster at a former power plant in northern Ukraine.
Tanks were filmed rolling towards the site of a nuclear power plant accident in 1986, and workers at the site were reportedly taken hostage.
Russian troops are closing in on Kiev, with tanks less than 20 miles from the city, home to 2.9 million people as of Thursday evening.
Ukrainian President Zelensky said 137 people died on the first day of the conflict, adding that his country was left “one on one” to fight Russia.
He also announced new compulsory military conscription rules, barring all men between the ages of 18 and 60 from leaving the country.
The country’s interior minister said 10,000 automatic rifles had been handed over to ordinary citizens of Kiev in the past few hours.
After the full-scale invasion, the value of the Russian ruble plummeted and huge queues formed at banks as many tried to withdraw foreign currency, raising fears of an economic collapse.
State media in Russia continue to refer to the invasion as a “special military operation” in eastern Ukraine, with no mention of civilian casualties or attacks on major cities.
Putin’s widely circulated quote justifying military action is: “Ukrainian radicals can’t wait for the right moment to attack Russia.”
Russia launched a full-scale invasion, capturing 25 cities, destroying 75 military installations and 11 air bases.
Troops and tanks poured across the border – many of them adorned with the infamous “Z” symbol, igniting bloody firefights.
Putin has about 200,000 soldiers ready to go into action, encircling the north, south and east of Ukraine.
The Kremlin has said the operation will last “as long as necessary” as the enraged tyrant claims he wants to “denazify” and “demilitarize” the neighboring state.
The attack began around 3:30 am local time under the cover of darkness.
The footage shows bloodied civilians desperate for help, huge crowds and lines on the roads trying to escape, and people crying as they resigned themselves to the violence.
Night has fallen on Ukraine, and its 44 million citizens face an uncertain future.
On Thursday evening, the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine banned all male citizens aged 18 to 60 from leaving the country.
But the Ukrainians have reportedly put up staunch resistance so far, allegedly shooting down Russian planes and helicopters and blowing up Putin’s tanks.
The horrific footage showed the extent of the Russian attack, though exact casualty figures remain unclear.
Helicopters were seen storming an airport near Kiev, Russian flags were raised in southern Ukraine, and powerful explosions were recorded across the country.
World leaders have denounced Russia and vowed to support Ukraine as the world is now just one wrong step away from what could escalate into World War III.
The British Prime Minister announced sanctions against more than 100 Russian individuals and entities, and US President Joe Biden convened a meeting of the National Security Council on Ukraine.
Mr Johnson warned of “dark” months ahead.
“I cannot believe that this is being done on your behalf or that you really want the pariah status that this will bring to the Putin regime,” he said.
Addressing his bloodied and wounded people, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on his people to fight for their homes.
He added: “We will fight for our country and we will support our country in the squares of every city.”
Zelenskiy added that the armed forces are “ready”, Ukraine will not give up its independence, and called on people to donate blood.
“This morning will go down in history – Russia went down the path of evil,” he said.
“Russia attacked our state insidiously, as Nazi Germany did in World War II.”
Zelenskiy said the government would provide weapons to those in need and urged anyone with military experience to step forward.
Major General Valery Zaluzhny, commander of the Ukrainian armed forces, was ordered to inflict “maximum casualties” on the invading Russians.
In a televised address, Putin warned other countries that any attempt to interfere with Russia’s actions would lead to “consequences they have never seen.”
He stated that Russia did not intend to occupy Ukraine, and that the Ukrainian “regime” was responsible for the bloodshed.
President Biden announced a new series of sanctions targeting the Russian elite, leading banks and technology experts.
He said that the US would not send troops directly into Ukraine, but would be deployed on NATO’s eastern flank.