An 80-year-old Ukrainian man was photographed apparently attempting to enlist within the military to battle for “for his grandkids.”
The broadly circulated photograph, shared on social media by former Ukrainian first girl Kateryna Yushchenko Thursday evening, exhibits the aged man in a black cap approaching a Ukrainian soldier with a leather-based bag.
“Somebody posted a photograph of this 80-year-old who confirmed as much as be a part of the military, carrying with him a small case with 2 t-shirts, a pair of additional pants, a toothbrush and some sandwiches for lunch,” Yushchenko wrote. “He mentioned he was doing it for his grandkids.”
It’s not clear the place the image was taken, nevertheless it went viral Friday as Russia superior its assault on Ukraine, bearing down on the capital of Kyiv.
Yushchenko’s tweet has been favorited greater than 230,000 instances and retweeted greater than 36,000 instances by Friday evening, with social media customers applauding the grandfather’s bravery.
Residents throughout the nation have taken up arms amid the Russian invasion.
Combating-age Ukrainian males have been ordered to stay behind as tens of 1000’s of civilians flee the nation.
Ukraine introduced late Thursday that males between the ages of 18 and 60 had been forbidden from leaving the nation, which has been underneath martial regulation because the begin of the Russian invasion.
Many have been separated from their households who’ve evacuated on trains and buses and others had been stopped by army authorities on the border.
Ukraine additionally expanded its army draft to incorporate all ladies “match for army service” between the ages of 18 and 60 as tensions with Russia rose final December.
On Feb. 1, President Volodymyr Zelensky signed legislation beefing up the nation’s army with conscripts, transitioning to an expert military.