Video captures Ukranian civilians protesting Russian soldiers in the face of gunfire

A powerful video is circulating the internet of local Ukrainians protesting the occupation of their city by Russian soldiers. 

You can see the video for yourself here:

 

“They are shooting”

The amateur video is from Melitopol, Ukraine on Wednesday. What it shows is a large group of locals gathered in the city in protest of its occupation by Russian soldiers.

Hundreds of Ukrainians can be seen marching in the streets with many carrying Ukrainian flags. Along the way, they could be heard shouting such things as, “Freedom to Ukraine!”

At several points in the video, however, one can hear gunfire breakout. It appears that Russian soldiers were firing off their weapons into the air in order to try to disperse the protestors.

In the video, a woman could be heard emotionally saying, in Ukrainian, “They are shooting! Trying to intimidate! But our people are not afraid of anything!” And, Indeed, despite the gunfire, there were no signs of any of the locals backing away.

At another point in the video, someone could be heard shouting, “go home while you’re still alive!” It is unclear if this was being shouted by the Russian soldiers or by the Ukrainians.

Background

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been going on for over eight days now, and it appears that Russia has finally managed to break through Ukraine’s defenses in some areas.

Reports indicate that Russia is now claiming to be in control of both Kherson and Mariupol.

Vadym Boychenko, Mariupol’s mayor, recently described the constant attacks that his city has been under. “We cannot even take the wounded from the streets, from houses and apartments today, since the shelling does not stop,” he said. He has also reported mass casualties from these attacks.

Russia still has not been able to take Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital. It also has not been able to take Kharkiv. But, a massive Russian convoy is currently located about 20 miles from Kyiv, and a large attack is expected in the coming days.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday called for Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet with him face-to-face. It remains to be seen whether Putin will accept this invitation. But, the second round of negotiations between the two countries is taking place.

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