Russia went to war with Ukraine in 2014, seizing Crimea and parts of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions. The world called it “a conflict in the East”, “a situation”, anything but what it really was. But everything changed on February 24, 2022. Russia launched a full-scale war against Ukraine. On February 24th I woke up to my father’s call and his first words were “The war has begun”.
Over the past 5 days, Russia has launched rockets at our airports, military bases, bridges and other critical infrastructure. Their missiles are hitting our residential buildings, hospitals, schools and kindergartens, killing people and children. People across the country are hiding in their basements and in metro trains. Women and children try to escape to Poland, Hungary, any neighboring country in the west. Traffic is everywhere and people are stuck in cars and trains for days, in the middle of the road, in the open, seeing and hearing explosions and gunfire.
But the Ukrainians did not give up. The Ukrainian military is doing its best to protect our people, our country and our sovereignty. They fight till the end. A Russian warship contacted Ukrainian border guards on Zmiinyi Island and told them they would be attacked if they did not surrender. They did not surrender, but replied, “Russian warship, go yourself.”
Civilians sign up to protect their homeland. People are given weapons. Unarmed people make homemade Molotov cocktails and throw them at Russian tanks and military transport. People in cities, towns and villages literally walked towards the Russian tanks with bare hands and stood in the way to not let them through. Citizens unite to defend their homes and capture vandals and Russian soldiers.
Ukrainian patriots in occupied cities fearlessly gather near government buildings and protest against the Russian puppets who are now in control. They sing the national anthem, demand that Russian soldiers go back where they came from, and inform residents that “Putin ac*nt.”
Elsewhere, eager and curious villagers threaten Russian soldiers and drag abandoned tanks into the front yards of their buildings.
The Ukrainian spirit remains unbroken. The words of our National Anthem become an inspiring slogan, a slogan – a prophecy fulfilled in real time:
Ukraine is not dead yet
Neither is it proud, nor is it willing
Fate will smile upon us, Ukrainian brothers
Our enemies will perish like ice in the sun
Ukrainian brothers, we will rule our own land
Let us give body and soul for our freedom
Let us prove that we are brothers of the Cossack lineage!
Here, a Ukrainian can be seen playing the anthem on his trumpet as explosions ring out in the background.
Russian state channels do not report losses and openly say that everything is going well, there are no losses, but Ukrainians believe that Russians deserve to know the truth. We make the statistics public so that the Russians know the truth.
Statistics of Russian losses at 6 am on February 28:
- Russian soldiers – 5300 (and counting)
- Flights – 29
- Tanks – 191
- Armored Fighting Vehicles – 816
- Cannonry – 74
- Bug Missile System – 1
- BM-21 Grade – 21
- Vehicles – 291
- Tanks – 60
- Military Drones – 3
- Ships – 2
- Air Defense Equipment – 5
Russians who surrender or are taken hostage are treated humanely. They are allowed to invite their families. Medical assistance is provided to them if necessary.