Saturday 26 February 2022

Video of Ukrainian woman confronting Russian soldier goes viral: Put sunflower seeds in your pocket 'so at least [flowers] will grow' when you're killed

 A fiery Ukrainian women went viral for her reaction to a Russian soldier patrolling a Ukrainian street earlier this week.

What are the details?

The unnamed woman — dressed in nearly all black and wearing a white winter hat — was seen in a video shared to social media telling off a Russian soldier and suggesting he carry sunflower seeds in his pockets — so that when he is killed on foreign soil, flowers will sprout from his decomposing body.

“Put them in your pockets,” she stoically told the soldier during one point of the interaction, “so at least sunflowers will grow when you all lie down here.”

The sunflower, which is Ukraine's national flower, is often said to represent power, strength, warmth, and more.

Elsewhere in the video, the woman could be heard telling the soldier, "You're occupants, you're fascists! What the f*** are you doing on our land with all these guns?"

She added, "From this moment, you are cursed. I'm telling you. You f***ing came here uninvited."

"Pieces of s**t," she concluded.

The original video, shared by Twitter account UkraineWorld, was captioned, "Ukrainian woman confronts Russian soldiers in Henychesk, Kherson region. Asks them why they came to our land and urges to put sunflower seeds in their pockets [so that flowers would grow when they die on the Ukrainian land]."

The video has been viewed more than 5.3 million times at the time of this reporting.

What else?

Author Thomas Rid tweeted about the interaction and provided a translation.

He wrote, "One of most formidable images I've ever come across, and I study war for a living: a Ukrainian woman handing sunflower seeds to a Russian soldier, asking him to pocket the seeds, twice, so that 'at least' sunflowers will grow when he will be killed."

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