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Man aged 80, lined up to join the Ukrainian army, his pic is going viral


  • Former Ukrainian First Lady Kateryna Yushchenko posted the photo on Twitter
  • She said it showed an 80-year-old grandfather showing up to enlist in the army
  • He had with him a suitcase filled with t-shirts, underpants, sandwiches and a toothbrush
  • ‘He said he was doing it for his grandkids,’ Yuschenko wrote alongside it
  • Her husband Viktor Yuschenko was the President of Ukraine from 2005-2010
  • In 2004, while running for office, he was poisoned in an assassination attempt
  • It has long been believed that Russia was behind the attack and that they wanted to back Yuschenko’s Kremlin-friendly opponent  

KYIV – In the midst of rising tensions between Ukraine and Russia, social media is awash with heartbreaking images of Ukrainian citizens.

From a viral photo of a couple saying their goodbyes at a Ukrainian subway station to a father and daughter crying and embracing each other, the images have stunned netizens.

A photograph of an octogenarian man in line to join the Ukrainian army has gone viral. The image, shared on Twitter by Ukraine’s former first lady Kateryna Yushchenko, shows the man standing with a bag, ready to join the army. The contents of his bag will undoubtedly make you cry.

“Someone posted a photo of this 80-year-old who showed up to join the army, carrying with him a small case with 2 t-shirts, a pair of extra pants, a toothbrush and a few sandwiches for lunch. He said he was doing it for his grandkids,” read the post.

The post has received over 133k likes and numerous reactions. People couldn’t stop admiring the brave man’s devotion to his country. In the comments section, many people simply shared messages of peace.

President Volodymyr Zelensky released a video on Friday depicting him in the center of Kyiv with members of his cabinet.

They are determined to stay and fight, he said, along with the men and women of the country.

“We are all here, and that’s how it will be,” he said.  

Yushchenko was born and raised in Chicago, the daughter of Ukrainian diplomats. She worked in the United States State Department and the Reagan White House.

In a televised address on Thursday, February 24, Vladimir Putin declared military strikes on Ukraine. After the first day of the Russian invasion, 137 civilians and military personnel were killed and 316 were injured across Ukraine.

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