The Russo-Ukraine War has intensified and Kharkiv is the new target. At least 11 civilians have been killed in Russian shelling there.

Ukraine War: A Ukrainian soldier investigates a destroyed Russian military vehicle in Kharkiv. (AFP)

Russia launched a full-scale offensive against its smaller neighbor Ukraine last week. Its forces flooded the Ukrainian skies with missiles and naval ships bombarded targets in coastal areas. Ukraine’s airfields were also destroyed and tanks, along with infantry, entered its cities.

But as Russia progressed, the resistance grew stronger. Tales of bravery by Ukrainian soldiers emerged and were shared widely on social media. One of these stories tells of how a soldier blew himself up on a bridge to stop Russian tanks from advancing. Another mentioned how Ukrainian border guards guarding an island in the Black Sea told the Russian warship to go f*** itself. They were hailed as heroes.

The official Twitter handle of Ukraine has now shared a thread, which highlights the tough fight by the country against the overwhelming odds. The first tweet shows a map of the two countries to show the difference between them in size. It is titled “Realization of the scale of Ukrainian heroism”.

A later tweet in the thread said, “Don’t be afraid to stand up for evil, no matter how powerful it may seem at dawn, the flag will still be there.”

Videos have surfaced on social media in which Ukrainians can be seen showing Russian soldiers and former beauty queens taking up guns to defend their country. Then there’s the story of a brave civilian trying to stop an entire Russian convoy and another who removed a landmine with his bare hands.

The Russian military is now focusing its attack on Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city. By launching a war against Ukraine, Moscow has defied global pressure, which opened a war crimes investigation against Moscow, sanctions ravaged its economy and FIFA banned it from the World Cup.

On Monday, the negotiators of the two countries met for the first time since the start of the war. The talks failed to secure a breakthrough, with the only point at which both sides agreed that another round of talks would be held soon.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had previously outlined Moscow’s demands to end the invasion, which included recognition of Russian sovereignty over Crimea and the demilitarization of Ukraine.

Instead, the world has responded with an intense diplomatic, economic, cultural and sporting backlash, with the United Nations General Assembly and the International Criminal Court (ICC) under fire in Moscow for launching an investigation into war crimes.


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