Since the first hours of Vladimir Putin’s full-scale invasion, Ukrainian citizens from all walks of life have heeded the calls to help defend their homeland, which has cause the Russian dictator a steady supply of headaches as his military struggles to gain ground.
According to The Daily Wire, one of those patriotic and brave citizens is none other than Ukrainian Supreme Court Judge Ivan Mishchenko, who promptly returned to Kyiv after helping to evacuate his family away from danger.
The Ukrainian Supreme Court judge, Ivan Mishchenko, evacuated his family from Kyiv and returned to volunteer for one of the Territorial Defence Force units. pic.twitter.com/ZykpIdMury
— Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) March 7, 2022
While it’s impressive when any Ukrainian man or woman chooses to fight instead of run, it’s especially amazing to see high-level government officials pick up a rifle, as it not only shows great unity across the country, but provides a massive morale boost.
Potential movie material?
Many across social media have suggested that when the dust settles, no matter what the outcome, Hollywood should produce epic movies about the Ukrainians’ will to fight to save their land.
On that note, it just so happens that Judge Mishchenko bears a striking resemblance to Hollywood mega-star Russell Crowe — an observation that certainly wasn’t lost on social media once his photo was posted.
“Russell Crowe can play him in a Hollywood movie about this war. I will be ‘entertained,'” one Twitter user wrote, referencing a line from Gladiator, one of Crowe’s most successful and popular movies.
Others already had suggestions for who would play other key figures in such a movie, with most users adding that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky play himself, as prior to becoming president of his country, he was a successful and popular actor.
Not surprisingly, others slammed the idea of casting calls for such a movie while Ukrainian civilians are being killed each day by Putin’s army, though most believed it was simply a slice of good humor within a bad situation.
Putin’s military continued to pound a number of Ukrainian cities this week while officials, including Zelensky, repeatedly asked the West for more assistance to secure the skies over Ukraine.
According to Reuters, an initial discussion that involved sending a number of Russian-made MiG-29’s through the United States and on to Ukraine lost steam on Tuesday evening as U.S. officials determined that such a move was too risky, and could have possibly crossed a threshold of U.S. involvement in the war.
“We will continue to consult with Poland and our other NATO allies about this issue and the difficult logistical challenges it presents, but we do not believe Poland’s proposal is a tenable one,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said.