Ukrainian Army Launches PR Campaign, Taking Donations

Ukrainian soldiers take part in a military drill not far from the small city of Goncharovskoye, some 150 km from Kiev, on March 14. (SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Ukrainian soldiers take part in a military drill not far from the small city of Goncharovskoye, some 150 km from Kiev, on March 14. (SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

The Ukrainian Army needs money for equipment, but the government doesn’t have any, so it’s taking donations.

The message below was posted on a Ukrainian Ministry of Defense website where the donations are being solicited:

Ukraine is in danger. Army will protect everyone but our soldiers need bulletproof vests, armored vehicles
and military equipment. In these hard times every person can defend millions of peaceful, beautiful Ukrainians. Together we are strong!

This high-quality “support the troops” video below popped up on Facebook yesterday. It shows Army recruits standing in formation and chanting: “Stand up, Stand Up, Stand Up!”

An older woman (presumed to be the mother of one of the soldiers) then walks up to the fence surrounding the square where they are marching and calls out to her son, Arthur, and bashfully waves to him.

Some of the soldiers look and smirk, but Arthur continues looking forward. The squadron leaders takes note and directs the soldiers to look at the woman so the boy can smile at his mother.

At the end, the voice over says: “Support the Army that supports you.”

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