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Resolve, Angry Citizens, Weird Weapons, Volunteer Freedom Fighters Come To the Aid of Ukraine in Its War With Russia

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WASHINGTON, DC, Mar 16 – Ukraine had an advantage over their Russian invaders; they knew the Russians were coming. But what the Russians didn’t know was that they were going to have hell to pay for Mr. Putin’s hubris. It would appear that Vlad thought that if they invaded Ukraine early enough on February 24, he would be sitting down for a victory celebration that evening. After all, the Russians are fierce, unforgiving fighters armed with the most modern of weaponry. Did Mr. Putin forget that the people of Ukraine are just as fierce and unforgiving as he and his forces are? They have “been there, done that,” as the saying goes.

Dr. Marci Shore, an associate professor of history at Yale University, author of the best-seller, “The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution,” memorialized the lengths to which they are willing and able to go in defense of their freedom in an analysis she published in the Wall Street Journal on February 25, the day after the invasion of their homeland. She concluded her assessment this way: “At present, every third Ukrainian is prepared to resist a Russian invasion with armed force. An additional 21% are prepared to organize civil resistance. In any case, Russia has been engaging in a war with Ukraine for the past eight years. My journalist friends, too, are readers of Chekhov and know that it is axiomatic that once a gun appears on the stage, the director must see that it is fired before the end of the last act. Mr. Putin has arranged very many guns on the stage. What choice is there but to be ‘ready to work, whatever comes’?”

The video of a Ukrainian woman fearlessly confronting a heavily armed Russian invader, offering him a handful of seeds, and telling him what he could do with them went viral on social media, garnering some eight-and-a-half-million views to date. In it, she tells the soldier: “Take these seeds and put them in your pockets so at least sunflowers will grow when you all lie down here.”  She instantly became the embodiment of the courage and determination that, as Ann Treneman of The Times put it, “revealed the magnificent ‘shock and awe’ spirit of Ukraine whose people are fighting, using ingenuity and bravery, with the likes of sunflower seeds, bottles that once contained beer and hand-made spiky ‘hedgehog’ anti-tank weapons.”

What’s a hedgehog, you ask? It’s a piece of homemade resistance weaponry that can be pretty effective on the battlefield. Its purpose is to slow down and stop medium tanks, and it is easily constructed using five to six feet long metal bars that fit together in the shape of the pieces used in the children’s game called “Jacks.”  When a tank encounters a hedgehog it is likely to be damaged and get stuck in place. It was a Czech invention used successfully by resistance forces during World War II. A young man in the Ukrainian town of Lviv is said to have found the instructions for the construction of hedgehogs on the internet. He and his brother wasted little time to begin building them with the intention of sending them throughout the country for use by freedom fighters.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that days before the Russian invasion, the Ukrainian government was broadcasting instructions for making another classic homemade weapon appropriately named the Molotov Cocktail. It’s simple enough to make using a bottle, a flammable liquid, and a piece of cloth for use as a wick. It also can be quite effective, even against armored vehicles.

On Friday, Newsweek reported that Russian losses since the invasion began to include 353 tanks, 60 tanker trucks, 1,165 armored vehicles, and some 12,000 military personnel killed in action. Certainly, many of these casualties were the work of Ukrainian armed forces. But you can bet that some of it – perhaps a large some of it – was the handiwork of citizens and volunteers and their effective homemade armed intervention.

It’s further proof that guerrilla warfare can be quite effective. But the Russians well know how effective homegrown insurgents can be when their homeland is threatened. Back in the day, in 1979, when they were known as the Soviets, Russian forces invaded the nation of Afghanistan in aid of the Afghan communist government. It took a while, but the Afghan resistance forces, known as the mujahideen, defeated them, and the Russians left with their tails between their legs. The people of Afghanistan suffered greatly, but just like the people of Ukraine today they remained doggedly determined to defeat the Russian occupiers.

Britannica historians describe the events of the time, noting that, “Soviet troops tried to crush the insurgency by various tactics, but the guerrillas generally eluded their attacks. The Soviets then attempted to eliminate the mujahideen’s civilian support by bombing and depopulating the rural areas. These tactics sparked a massive flight from the countryside; by 1982 some 2.8 million Afghans had sought asylum in Pakistan, and another 1.5 million had fled to Iran. The mujahideen were eventually able to neutralize Soviet air power through the use of shoulder-fired antiaircraft missiles supplied by the Soviet Union’s Cold War adversary, the United States.”

It is obvious that Ukrainians have the resolve to mount an effective challenge against their Russian invaders. They also have the moral support of the free world. And Ukraine’s defiance in the face of overwhelming odds has attracted and will continue to attract, volunteer freedom fighters from all over the free world. One report figures that, thus far, as many as 16,000 men and women from various countries around the world are already on the ground there.    If the brave Ukrainian armed forces can persevere – and so far they show that they can – it is likely that more and more volunteer citizen-soldiers from the four corners of the earth will continue to join the fray. It is not known how many of them will come from the U.S.  But, as of March 3, the Military Times reported that another 3,000 volunteers have applied to join the fight at the Ukraine Embassy in Washington D.C. 

If this is to be a World War, it appears it will be a World War of a different kind.   


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Casey C Matt
8 months ago

This is largely disinformation that I hope the author is writing out of ignorance and not out of the only other reason.
No, Russia has not be caught unaware by the saintly Ukranian military. The Russian progress is on track but their warfare methods don’t mirror those of the west. They don’t do “shock and awe” as we do……look to how they acted in Syria if you want to get an idea as to their battlefield methods and planning.
If Ukraine was faring so well and the Russians were being torn apart then please explain why the incredibly corrupt Zelinsky wearing his iron cross t shirt (and no SJW type questioned this somehow), went before Congress “virtually” to beg for assistance…….after doing the same before the UK, before Canada, before Germany, before the useless UN.
Ukraine fell the same hour the invasion began. If Zelinsky truly wishes to do the right thing by his people then he will agree to the simple terms the Russiand demand. Codify that Ukraine will never become a member of NATO. Recognize the eastern provinces in Ukraine as free separate entities and cease the 24/7 attacks on those provinces by the Ukraine military…yes in part backed by REAL Nazis. The attacks have been ongoing since Ukraine violated the terms agreed to in the Minsk accords and thousands have been killed by the “saintly” Ukranian military since 2015. Agree and Russia leaves…….and nobody else gets hurt….by Russians anyway. Ukraine will of course remain the single most corrupt country in Europe but that seems to be what the citizens want…….unless Zelinsky shutting down opposition newspapers, jailing journalists and even jailing his political opponents sway those same voters.
PEOPLE, wake up……..corporate media, and now even AMAC are lying to you either on purpose or out of ignorance. Do your own research.

Dan W.
8 months ago
Reply to  Casey C Matt

Russia, Russia, Russia.

We can’t hear you over the noise from Putin’s bombardments. Maybe you should try your shtick over at AARP. That audience is more receptive to your Russian point-of-view.

J. Farley
8 months ago
Reply to  Dan W.

AMEN! DAN.

Ken
8 months ago

AND you can thank EVERY single fool(except the dead ones of course) that voted for the bumbling fool and the sleaze counterpart of his for this travesty. If and when there is a nuclear exchange or a widening of the war that drags your kids or grand kids into the fight, I hope you look back and wish you had been adults and considered what the democrats would do, and have done, to our Country

J. Farley
8 months ago
Reply to  Ken

Very well said, morons and losers vote for Morons and losers or help them win fraudulent elections, The world started going to hell, the day Lying Biden, was declared winner.

J. Farley
8 months ago

While I am almost Eighty I would do exactly what the Ukrainian people are doing, I would fight like, I was the 3rd monkey on the ramp to the Ark and friends it’s starting to rain. This is the best example possible of why we as Americans should never give up our 2nd Amendment rights Infact we should remove some of the un-constitutional, anti-American, anti-freedom laws from the books. Please, someone tell me where in the Constitution it says that the Democrats or anyone else has the right to invalid any portion of the Constitution or Bill of Rights they so choose without a vote of the people, the only people that benefit are the dictator want-a-bee’s and the criminals who will have bodyguards or never give up their guns.
My hats off to the Ukrainian people for taking on the giant and preforming remarkable well, I would take no prisoners, make the Russian Mothers moron.
God Save America!

J. Farley
8 months ago
Reply to  J. Farley

Slight, correction Mourn — Not Moron — same days

Ken
8 months ago
Reply to  J. Farley

Excellent Sir, just excellent!!!

J. Farley
8 months ago
Reply to  Ken

Ken,
Thank you, Sir, the 2nd Amendment is the most violated Constitutional provision we have, the only way you can lose you rights, is by committing an act so egregious that you cannot be trusted, so if you are not convicted of a crime, you cannot lose you rights.
I am not attorney, I just play one here, besides, I was in an honorable profession I played a piano in a whorehouse
Jim,

MJB
8 months ago
Reply to  J. Farley

Thank you for the reminder of what freedom truly is all about. My feelings are very much in line with yours. My parents were part of the greatest generation during WWII . They instilled a love for God, this country, and the freedoms we have. I don’t think I would stop fighting for this country. I know how badly the Ukrainian people are suffering but I couldn’t be prouder of the stand they’re taking against Putin! As a country we have been blessed with so much. Time we stood up to our corrupted politicians as have the Ukrainian people. P.S. Loved the 3rd monkey comment. You’ve got a great sense of humor!

J. Farley
8 months ago
Reply to  MJB

MJB,
MJB, are my sisters’ initials. Thank you very much for your comments, my parents were born before the First World War, raised 6 children through depression, and I was born during WWII. My parents had a deep love for this country and taught all their children to respect our freedom. We must never stop fighting to protect America and our Constitution. To be honest, I stole the 3rd monkey line, because it shows how hard we must fight.
Have a great day!

Robert Belcastro
8 months ago

I see the error Putin made was to resort to brutality and ignore diplomacy. It takes patience to use diplomacy and it takes intelligence in how to use it. Putin seems to have lacked the ability to use diplomacy. This is a trait that President Trump exhibits in abundance. Putin should have taken the lesson that President Trump laid at his doorstep. Putin ignored it and now pays the price. Unfortunately, the people of Ukraine also pay the price. On the other hand, Ukraine harbored many dangerous bioweapons as is now emerging as fact. Ukraine could have used this as a bargaining chip with Putin. But apparently they didn’t learn the lessons of diplomacy and also resorted to the time-disgraced tactic of brutality. This tactic is always disastrous to both sides. What is needed is to be more careful and selective in who we allow to be our leaders.

Broccoli Free Zone
8 months ago

Now look at the USA. My grandchildren are doomed.

Dan W.
8 months ago

Regarding the Ukrainian “bioweapon” issue, here’s a little research by the Associated Press (AP) that appeared in last weekend’s Chicago Tribune:
 
According to the AP, there is a network of biological labs owned and operated by Ukraine called the Biological Threat Reduction Program (Chicago Tribune, front page, Saturday March 12th). These labs have received funding and research support from the U.S. 
 
The program’s roots go back to the breakup of the U.S.S.R. The U.S. and Ukraine claim that the purpose of the program is to prevent outbreaks of natural or man-made pathogens. The Russians claim that the purpose of the program is to develop bioweapons and for that reason, Russia is justified in using bioweapons against the Ukrainians.
 
So who do you believe, the Russians or the Americans ?

anna hubert
8 months ago
Reply to  Dan W.

depends on who is speaking neighder will tell the truth do they ever

anna hubert
8 months ago

we don’t have any

Stephen Russell
8 months ago

Volunteer groups viable since WW2:

AVG , Flying Tigers
Eagle Sqdn RAF, 1940
So we have 3K Americans in Ukraine now

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