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Ukraine Fights Back, President Zelensky Refuses to be Evacuated: “I need ammunition, not a ride.”

Ukraine fights back on every side, and even President Zelensky refused a US offer to be evacuated. The US is aware of his position and is in communication with him. But he’s staying. His country is at stake. He is unique among leaders, most of whom flee the country during crisis. His patriotism for Ukraine is a testimony to inner strength.

The fight is here; I need ammunition, not a ride.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

As Putin demanded the Ukrainians depose Zelensky, they ferociously fought back. There is no cowardice being displayed as the Russians try to take back the country.

Good morning Ukrainians. Do not believe fake news. I am here. We will not lay down our weapons. We will defend our country. Our weapons are our strength. This is our land. Our country. Our children. We will protect all of them.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

He’s not alone: his countrymen are sacrificing their lives to save their freedom in what appears to be a futile effort. Children, civilians, military members, all are dying. The Ukrainian military claims to have shot down three Russian transport planes, though the capital city, Kyiv, is under a vicious assault from every side. Though surrounded and under siege, Ukraine fights back all across the country. News outlets are reporting that so far at least 120,000 Ukrainian refugees have fled the nation and it could grow much higher, according to the UN. Roadways to Poland are jammed with vehicles, as the residents of Ukraine flee from the attacks. And yet, many stay and fight back.

This post reads: “Near Chernihiv, a lightning-fast counterattack by the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the National Guard defeated the enemy forces. There are prisoners. Equipment burned.”

Then there was the Ukrainian woman who walked up to an armed Russian, handed him some sunflower seeds and told him, “You should put sunflower seeds in your pockets so that they will grow on Ukrainian land after you die.” Courage. She had a lot of it, since the Russian could have killed her on the spot.

Screenshot of Ukrainian woman confronting a Russian soldier

Then there is the unarmed Ukrainian who ran to stand in front of a Russian convoy. The caption to the video reads: “Ukrainian rushes under enemy equipment so that the occupiers do not pass.” The Media outlets are calling him the “Ukraine tank man” – it’s reminiscent of the man who stood in front of the Chinese tanks at Tiananmen Square in 1989. The Russian invasion has been slower than analysts thought because Ukraine fights back…hard.

Screenshot of man who runs in and out in front of the Russian Convoy in attempt to stop them.

True leadership, true patriots are being seen in a nearly impossible situation. Though the US has asked for over $6 billion more in military aide to Ukraine, it is unclear how they will get it there.

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H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children

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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. All of her posts on Conservative Firing Line are also posted on Uncle Sam's.

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