Una donna ucraina
di Paul Jeromack
A Ukrainian woman is being hailed for her bravery after she confronted a heavily-armed Russian soldier and offered him sunflower seeds — so that they might bloom when he dies.
The woman was captured on camera voicing her outrage as Russia invaded Ukraine on Thursday, with tanks rolling across the border and air strikes targeting major cities. Ukraine says it suffered 137 casualties on the first day of the war.
The woman can be seen in the video asking the soldiers “Who are you?”, to which a soldier standing in the street says: “We have exercises here. Please go this way.”
After asking if they are Russians, she said: “So what the fuck are you doing here?”
As the soldiers tried to calm her down, the enraged woman said: “You’re occupants, you’re fascists! What the fuck are you doing on our land with all these guns?
Take these seeds and put them in your pockets, so at least sunflowers will grow when you all lie down here,”
She continued to offer him the seeds of the sunflower, which is the national flower of Ukraine.
The video was shared online by Internews Ukraine, an independent media charity based in Kyiv. It has since gone viral on social media with more than two million views, and has sparked an outpouring of emotional comments.
One poster on Twitter proclaimed: The coming days and nights in Ukraine are likely going to be long and hard. But with spirit like this woman shows, Putin may find he bit off way more than he can chew. #PocketSunflowers to grow sunflowers from their graves!”