The Russian incursion into Ukraine has brought out some stark differences in human behavior. The Ukrainians are tough- really tough.
Ukrainian border guards defending a Black Sea island defiantly told an invading Russian warship to “go f–k yourself” when asked to surrender and were killed when the warship opened fire.
The 13 guards were posted on the small but strategic Snake Island off Ukraine’s southeastern border when they were approached by two vessels on Thursday, according to Ukrainian media outlets.
The Russians contacted the guards and identified themselves as a “Russian warship,” demanding that the Ukrainians surrender or they would open fire, according to audio of the exchange.
“This is a Russian warship, I repeat. I suggest you surrender your weapons and capitulate otherwise I will open fire. Do you copy?” the Russians told the border guards.
“This is it,” one of the Ukrainian guards can be heard saying in the clip.
“Should I tell him to go f–k himself?” he appears to ask a comrade.
“Just in case,” another guard responds.
The guard then turns up the volume on his comms and bluntly responds, “Russian warship, go f–k yourself.”
The Russians then killed them all.
In Ukraine, mothers and children are fleeing the war as their husbands and fathers remain to fight for their country.
The UN Refugee Agency said 100,000 people have so far been forced to flee their homes with thousands leaving the country.
UNHCR spokeswoman Shabia Mantoo said: ‘We believe that some 100,000 people must have already left their homes and may be displaced inside the country, and several thousand have crossed international borders.’
Heart-rending pictures show women holding their babies and kissing their partners goodbye before boarding a bus out of Kiev on Thursday.
Many men are required to stay in the country as their loved ones flee after President Volodymyr Zelenskiy signed a decree to start conscripting reservists aged 18-60 from Wednesday, the day before Russia’s invasion began.
One father, 28-year-old Vlad, could be seen handing his two-year-old son to mother Tatiana, 26, as she departed the capital city that has been hit by airstrikes and swarmed by enemy forces.
Not everyone wants to fight for their country. In England, it’s a different story.
In total, 28,526 people crossed the Channel in 1,034 small boats, according to confirmed numbers that were published by the Home Office, slightly higher than previous estimates had shown.
They accounted for the vast majority of the 36,792 people who entered the UK illegally last year and drove the total number of asylum seekers to its highest level in almost two decades.
There were 48,540 asylum applications in 2021, a third higher than at the peak of Europe’s migration crisis in 2016.
While the numbers are likely to have been driven in part by Afghans fleeing the Taliban, the figures do not include the 15,000 Afghan citizens who were evacuated during the Operation Pitting withdrawal from Kabul in August.
And the clincher-
Nine in ten of all migrants who crossed the Channel last year were male, official figures have revealed.
For some time now, men who are fleeing the Middle East and North Africa have been mostly male. The situation has been called “dangerous.”
A flight leaving Afghanistan in the recent exit debacle was said to have “a relative lack of women and children aboard the plane.”
Some people are willing to fight for their country, others not so much. The real message though, is that some men will make sure their families are safe while others simply abandon them to fate. Differences in culture can be interesting.