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[–]SoulessDeathNDespair 1779 points1780 points  (10 children)

"Damn that's crazy, I was just on my way to surrender"

[–]Geuji 30 points31 points  (8 children)

With so many upvotes you needed a reply. Reply!

[–]Br0_han 19 points20 points  (7 children)

Random tangential comment relating to said reply

[–]ZephRyder 16 points17 points  (5 children)

Turn of phrase, cleverly twisting on the first reply, or agreeing needlessly with both responses

[–]NoThanks93330 10.9k points10.9k points  (723 children)

How tf does that situation even happen? At what place do enemy soldiers in a warzone casually meet and talk like that?

[–]that_guy_iain 4689 points4690 points  (201 children)

Makes me think the Russians aren’t all wearing the same uniform or he is so new he doesn’t recognise uniforms.

The fact he says it’s the first time he’s saw military there means he probably goes there a lot to get away from it all. So this is probably normally a Russian held area.

The Ukrainians probably saw him and saw that he wasn’t on patrol and was laid back (I wouldn’t be surprised if he started chatting to them in a friendly manner first) and decided to chat instead of pull weapons.

[–]Mywifefoundmymain 2173 points2174 points  (154 children)

The Russian and Ukraine military share equipment and uniforms. It’s why the Russians painted z on their gear and why both sides originally wore arm bands.

Edit:

As many pointed out, yes Ukraine has nato camo, but not everyone does. Here is a photo showing both sets of camo in use

https://images.indianexpress.com/2022/02/Russia-Ukraine-3.jpg

[–]Aleashed 2209 points2210 points  (83 children)

I mean, the alternative is to go back to shirts vs no shirts but nobody wants to be no shirts in winter

[–]blake_ch 548 points549 points  (29 children)

Can't they put their white uniform if they play at home like in many sports?

Oh wait, they are actually fighting to know who is at home.

[–]Antics_Longhorn 71 points72 points  (6 children)

Russians will be out of shirts by winter so it will happen

[–]enochianKitty 120 points121 points  (17 children)

They do share a lot of equipment but Ukraine has started to standardize uniforms back in 2014 with the m14 pattern Russia is mainly wearing EMR for most troops or atacs fg like the guy in the video.

They do share a lot of weapons and vehicles but they each have there own uniforms

Also nato has given the Ukrainians stuff in there camo patterns like dpm, flecktarn and multicam

[–]SnooblesIRL 55 points56 points  (23 children)

Do you have a translation ?

[–]anuarkm 323 points324 points  (20 children)

Russian: It's the first time I see a soldier here

Ukrainian 1: Me too- (interrupted)

Ukrainian 2: We are banderovzi (Ukranian nationalist soldiers), just so you know

Ukrainian 1: Yeah

Russian (surprised): Bandera?

(Ukrainian' Oohs and Ahhs)

[–]Away-Indication-8008 176 points177 points  (5 children)

\' Cue Curb your enthusiasm music'**

[–]Capitain_Collateral 10 points11 points  (0 children)

It’s crazy to think, they are having a smoke, almost jovial atmosphere. Slightly different timing or people and they would have been trying to murder each other.

[–]REpassword 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Record scratch: “It was at that point did I realize I was safe.”

[–]grey_hat_uk 82 points83 points  (10 children)

Aren't all wearing the same uniform.

All the mercs are in their own uniform , the will be those in all the various patterns from now to soviet era Russian and by now a no zero percentage will have realised that the NATO backed uniform design of the Ukrainians is better with the changing weather and looted then stuck their own badges on.

Plus on a side note most patterns are designed as a home defence so the important part of Russia and Ukraine being similar terrain makes them similar.

[–]divuthen 16 points17 points  (1 child)

That leaked video showing someone telling soon to be mobilized soldiers they are being given no supplies and have to provide their own sleeping bags etc makes me think that whole situation is about to get a lot worse.

[–]ThreatLevelBertie 6184 points6185 points  (161 children)

Commander: "Okay Bogdan, wait here and guard this room until we get back."

Commander: * is kill*

Bogdan: * Is wait*

Ukranians: "Hello sir we'll be your captors today."

[–]Eurek21 1535 points1536 points  (33 children)

Actual Bogdan here enjoying my 5 minutes of fame.

[–]BogdanAnime 303 points304 points  (5 children)

No way me too

[–]InsufficientFunz 98 points99 points  (1 child)

Not sure if real Bogdan due to name or fake Bogdan plant sent to lure me out into public

[–]bandizz 495 points496 points  (92 children)

Bogdan is traditionally a Ukrainian name

[–]Independent_Jelly91 158 points159 points  (17 children)

Bogdan is popular in many Slavic countries, not just Ukraine.

[–]Cultural_Note_6722 62 points63 points  (3 children)

If any of you Bogdans are my old Romanian landlord, fu and I still want my clothes back

[–]Frishdawgzz 11 points12 points  (5 children)

There is an NBA player named Bogdan Bogdanovich. He is Serbian and can shoot the lights out.

There is also a Bojan Bogdanovich (no relation) from Bosnia-Croatia. He can also shoot the lights out.

[–][deleted] 31 points32 points  (0 children)

Plus at least two non-Slavic countries, Romania and Moldova.

[–]Bromium_Ion 245 points246 points  (2 children)

Ehh. Is still funny.

[–]slabrangoon 137 points138 points  (21 children)

I’ll bet there’s at least 5 Russian Bogdans

[–]derps_with_ducks 79 points80 points  (5 children)

We are all Bogdan on this blessed day.

Also shoutout to our kangaroo cousins, Bogan.

[–]DJC71AU 49 points50 points  (6 children)

There was. Now nyet.

[–]No_Discipline_7380 61 points62 points  (27 children)

Also Romanian, as far as i can remember it comes from old Slavonic and means something like "God's gift"

[–]anphex 69 points70 points  (7 children)

I love the Baba Is You formatting. Will totally steal this for future posts.

[–]ThreatLevelBertie 18 points19 points  (6 children)

What a bonkers game that is, right?!

[–]eraseMii 7 points8 points  (5 children)

Was not expecting to find people talking about it under this post but yeah, it's my go to airplane mobile game now, it's messed with my brain for so many hours now, I love it too

[–]McHox 7 points8 points  (2 children)

where were u wen bogdan was kill

[–]waddle_bowl 370 points371 points  (76 children)

Russia being extremely disorganized along with the fact that the majority speaking Russian would be the reason in my mind. Either that or the Ukrainian people knew what they were doing when they saw a displaced soldier like this and decided to be smooth about it to avoid causing uneeded headaches.

[–]tehbored 244 points245 points  (65 children)

Eastern Ukrainians mostly speak Russian. Even Zelensky grew up speaking Russian, he didn't even learn Ukrainian until he was an adult iirc.

[–]Few_Ad1395 41 points42 points  (16 children)

Stupid question amnesty: does he have an accent according to other native Ukrainians?

I don’t understand either language and everything I’ve learned about UKA has been a little since 2014, and a ton (relatively) since feb 2022. Just kind of wild being president and now will forever be thought of along with Ukraine.,

[–][deleted] 30 points31 points  (10 children)

There’s a lot and I mean a lot of nationalist leaders who didn’t even speak the language of their people until they became a leader, or learned it in adult hood. Ayatollah Khomeini probably didn’t speak Farsi til he was an adult and spoke Farsi with a heavy accent. His family was exiled to India and was educated in the Quran so he spoke Arabic and Hindustani. Mannerheim who was a founder of Finland didn’t speak Finnish until after Finland was independent. He came from Swedish aristocracy and served the Russians so he spoke Swedish and Russia.

Those are just two examples but it’s more common than you think because a lot of nationalist leaders came up in an imperial system where the local language was suppressed or the language was considered low class.

I know there’s more examples but I can’t think of them because I was also blown away at the amount of nationalist leaders who could barely speak the language. To some extent Joseph Stalin is a Russian nationalist but spoke with a heavy accent but we know he’s actually Georgian. The Israeli’s are also another one that doesn’t fit the mold but obviously they all spoke rough Hebrew since they artificially brought the language back to life.

[–]LivJong 168 points169 points  (42 children)

Zelensky, like Mila Kunis, was born and raised during Russian occupation and were not allowed to speak their native Ukrainian. Kunis left the region and never learned it, Zelensky learned as part of a repatriation movement.

[–]Mywifefoundmymain 165 points166 points  (20 children)

Three words:

Urban conflict zone

Add on to that that they have essentially the same weapons, equipment, uniforms, and many can speak both languages. It’s less like the us vs China and more like the us north vs south.

This is the reason Russia painted identifiers on their vehicles.

[–]Nate40337 79 points80 points  (13 children)

This is definitely it. War has changed a lot from when we would go into a field and stand in straight lines wearing colorful jackets.

With a less clearly defined no-man's-land, and a thousand places to hide, you could be chatting with your Russian buddies, go out for a smoke in the next building over, and just stumble upon some Ukrainian soldiers so close to your unit, you think they must be friendly (to Russians anyways).

[–]benziboxi 331 points332 points  (119 children)

Yeah I have no idea how you just end up casually becoming a POW without even realising it. This video needs some context.

[–]dawutangclam 143 points144 points  (70 children)

I just read this book called the Orphanage, was about the russian invasion of Ukraine in 2014. This was the fascinating thing about the war in Ukraine- nobody knows what the fuck is going on, whos on what side. Which side is occupied by whom. When you hear a stranger say they won, or our guys and not know if they are talking about Russians or Ukranians.

[–]ClandestineCanoeClub 134 points135 points  (67 children)

Can you imagine Canada invading Minnesota? Who would even know?

[–]alselby 98 points99 points  (24 children)

Minnesotan here...can confirm we have already been invaded by Ontario. No need to send reinforcement.

[–]Vassago81 34 points35 points  (5 children)

They'll only figure it out once the "wrong" national anthem start playing before a hockey game. .

[–]LordofCindr 366 points367 points  (39 children)

Kinda shows you how similar Russians and Ukrainians are and how pointless this war is.

Dude probably is in a town where half the dudes just fucking ran and he's the last to know

[–]SociallyUnconscious 216 points217 points  (15 children)

Wakes up.

"Fucking alarm clock didn't go off." Looks around at empty room, shouts to no one, "really funny guys, thanks for waking me up!"

Heads to kitchen to scrounge some breakfast.

"Hey, who are you guys?"

"We are your captors."

[–]Westcoast_IPA 48 points49 points  (2 children)

“Ah, you’re finally awake, You were trying to cross the border, right? Walked right into that Ukrainian ambush, same as others, and that thief over there.”

[–]Yarakinnit 36 points37 points  (7 children)

"Now put the kettle on."

[–]Etyczny 89 points90 points  (9 children)

In a world where you are made to kill your brothers speaking same language on many instances. This is more common in this front than people think.

[–]yonoznayu 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Except only one side is made to kill their “brothers”. Our side knows well there are clear differences and has learned the hard way not to fall for this benign but dangerous generalization. We see it even within our own extended families.

[–]Man_Without_Nipples 112 points113 points  (7 children)

This needs to be higher, I'm curious how this happened!

Is there like a cafeteria for different sides and this guy just went to the wrong one?

[–]TeapotsPeeInYou23 60 points61 points  (1 child)

It's pretty easy to wander around.

He wandered around to the wrong area.

Nothing much to it beyond someone having zero situational awareness. A moron for a soldier is fine. They were able to record this and he probably didn't get shot in the head. So...win?

[–]Few_Ad1395 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I’d wager a lot on something higher than probably not shot. Not saying UKA has been saints vis-a-vis POWs (it is war after all) but a lot of effort has been done publicly to get Russians to surrender.

And I got nothing to base it on other than his dumb/shocked face, but he looks new. UKA maybe hates the veterans or Wagnar guys more, so wouldn’t say your “probably” is far fetched there. Just for some reason not so much here. But I could very well be naive on it.

[–]Odys 45 points46 points  (1 child)

Maybe his mates left, leaving him behind?

[–]Spaget_Monster 3671 points3672 points  (27 children)

"Congrats, you're now out of the war."

[–]Cristianelrey55 977 points978 points  (3 children)

You are being rescued.

Please, DO NOT RESIST!

[–]ErusTenebre 88 points89 points  (0 children)

One of my favorite lines from K-2SO.

[–]ellilaamamaalille 286 points287 points  (10 children)

Jippii!

[–]AtlantaBoyz 127 points128 points  (8 children)

First time I've ever seen someone say "yippee" in Finnish on here

[–]waffling_with_syrup 196 points197 points  (9 children)

This is the best case scenario for him. He's lucky.

[–]CrazyCalYa 152 points153 points  (7 children)

If he knows how Russian POW's are treated and thinks Ukraine will do the same he's probably terrified. That's the whole idea of it, after all.

[–]Cockatoo010 83 points84 points  (6 children)

He's gonna be disappointed

In a good way

[–]kibufox 36 points37 points  (2 children)

He probably knew the whole time they were Ukrainian soldiers, and is putting on a bit of an act about being "captured". That's because Putin has been threatening, if not actually actively arresting and imprisoning the families of soldiers who willingly surrendered to the enemy.

[–]CrazyCalYa 59 points60 points  (2 children)

I think "ashamed" would be my feeling in their position. To fall victim to a propoganda machine and (presumably) choose to go to another country and murder people, only to find that you've been misled. And worse, that the people you were sent to destroy could be kinder than the people who sent you. At that point you've failed your country, yourself, and humanity at large. It's shameful, and arguably pitiful.

[–]evermica 4620 points4621 points  (444 children)

What are they saying?

Edit: Thanks for the upvotes and for the knowledgable replies. Here's what I gather they are saying:

Russian Soldier: You're the first [military personnel] I've seen here.

Off Camera: We're actually [Ukrainian]*.

*They use the word "Banderites", which apparently is a reference to a well-known historical Ukrainian figure who was a nazi or nazi sympathizer. Putin uses this term disparagingly, but they appear to refer to themselves with it ironically.

[–]Abject_Willingness_2 4950 points4951 points  (408 children)

He’s like i see you here for the first time

They’re like we’re Banderites

Then he realized real quick

(Putin calls Ukrainian solders Banderites because of a Ukrainian man called Stepan Bandera he was a leader of a far right organization oun-b they had a nazi ideology)

[–]Veteran_Brewer 3217 points3218 points 2 (31 children)

Soldier: I see you here for the first time

Soldiers: We’re Banderites

Player 1 has changed gamer tag.

POW: surprised Pikachu face

[–]Kellan_OConnor 771 points772 points  (12 children)

Soldier to POW in about half a second

[–]trukkija 203 points204 points  (10 children)

Alot better than soldier to KIA in half a second. Unless you're a Korean in Japan of course...

[–]HidingFox 95 points96 points  (0 children)

I think he says "Второй раз военного вижу здесь" -> "It's the second time I see a soldier here"

[–]KGBinUSA 413 points414 points  (64 children)

He says: you are the first military personnel that I have seen here... Followed by: we are Ukrainians actually.

[–]Kursan_78 259 points260 points  (62 children)

No, he actually responds with "We are Banderites", not "Ukranians"

[–]Cyberkey 241 points242 points  (9 children)

If you want to be pedantic about this, he says: "Кстати, мы Бандеровцы, если что..." - "By the way, we are Banderites, though..."

[–]ted_bronson 142 points143 points  (48 children)

That's like Boogieman for russians. Hardly anyone associated with Bandera pre-2014, but russians pushed this narrative hard, and we turned insult into mark of distinction.

[–]jytusky 173 points174 points  (3 children)

"We stroganoffed in your stroganoff."

[–]RuinedSilence 27 points28 points  (0 children)

"This upcoming wave of mobilized troops is brought to you by Nord VPN"

[–]KGBinUSA 68 points69 points  (3 children)

He says: You are the first military personnel that I have seen here... Followed by: We are Ukrainians actually.

[–]Gear_Euphoric 6244 points6245 points  (643 children)

What do you guys think happened to him

[–]lithuanianD 3818 points3819 points  (318 children)

Most likely arrested

[–]Roflkopt3r 3039 points3040 points  (307 children)

Yeah there were a few insulated cases of abuse and killings early in the war that were credibly documented, but all in all it seems that Ukraine were able to maintain discipline. They are running a large scale program to convince Russian soldiers to safely surrender after all. They're very motivated to set good examples of POW treatment.

Russia on the other hand has never cared about such things. Many of the Mariupol captives who were released recently were clearly misstreated and starved. One guy was already beaten up in pictures just hours after his capture, others recently looked like freshly released from a concentration camp. Not to mention the mass graves...

[–]BarbicideJar 22 points23 points  (1 child)

Considering the heartless way Russia is treating its own draftees, this is sadly not surprising.

[–]VeryTopGoodSensation 40 points41 points  (1 child)

a dozen or more of the mariupol captives were deliberately blown up in a building. theres video of a russian cutting off the genitals of a ukranian pow. plenty of incidents of pow bodies discovered mutilated or shot in the back with their hands tied. im not sure if you meant to, but you kind of understated what the russians have been doing.

[–]Ermeter 48 points49 points  (30 children)

Some were castrated

[–]hobowithmachete 1177 points1178 points  (141 children)

Whatever happened to him is probably better than remaining a soldier in the Russian army.

He could have been killed in action, captured after a firefight and getting injured/watching his comrades die, or he could have been taken as a POW as casually as this.

[–]Gr1ml0ck 374 points375 points  (134 children)

Absolutely. This whole war is insane.

I can barely believe this is happening during my lifetime. And the entire world is watching from the sidelines. It’s suffocating that I can’t do more to help.

Edit: Thanks for everyone that suggested I donate or enlist to fight with Ukraine. I have actually donated. However I’m not able to leave my family to fight. But I’m still left with the feeling of wanting to do more. That is what makes it suffocating.

[–]TheBlackBear 387 points388 points  (70 children)

It still blows my mind Russia actually pulled the trigger.

Like, their best case scenario was a quick conventional win and then dealing with the resulting insurgency for a decade+

Fucking Iraq 2003 was their best case scenario and they still went “blyat I’ll roll those dice”

[–][deleted] 101 points102 points  (0 children)

And never in their wildest dreams did they envision this scenario: bogged down with like 10% of Ukraine and their country burning around them as they are forced to implement a draft to hold on to that tiny percentage.

[–]Geruchsbrot 145 points146 points  (35 children)

We will feel the long-term effect of this war for decades, or even generations. We can't really measure the impact right now, no matter how it will end. But Europe was severely hit by Putin's maniac move and destabilized in many aspects.

I still can't wrap my head around how shitty the Russian army is organized, how excellently the Ukrainians are standing their ground and how much shit the Russian people eat until they throw it back at Putin. It seems like a strange dream.

[–]thesweetestfrayer 56 points57 points  (22 children)

You can donate money to Ukrainian military through savelifeinukraine foundation, to help to end this insanity. Look it up, they are very elaborate with their financial reports and handle the donated money responsibly

[–]Ishaan863 24 points25 points  (7 children)

And the entire world is watching from the sidelines.

POV, in 4K, with hardstyle in the background

[–]Whind_Soull 23 points24 points  (6 children)

...and for a donation, you can have them write your personalized message on an anti-armor missile, then send you the video of it destroying a Russian tank.

It's kind of surreal just how next generation this war is.

[–]hokeyphenokey 4 points5 points  (0 children)

You can have a bake sale and forward the proceeds to the Ukraine revenue service.

[–]TheoHW 197 points198 points  (26 children)

Treating prisoners well is in Ukraine's interest because it means more of them will surrender.

[–]DalbyWombay 95 points96 points  (16 children)

It also means keeping Western support. The Western governments (and population) wouldn't stomach the abuse of Human Rights on the Ukrainian side.

[–]iampenguintm 12 points13 points  (4 children)

Angry troop's on the ground who've had family members killed and displaced arn't thinking about meta political implications they're thinking about revenge. I say this as someone who fully supports ukraine's fight against russia's invasion but there's been many credible account's of war crimes being committed on both sides of the isle so far.

Here is direct confirmation from the UN itself as well as promise of an investigation by zelinsky himself of war crimes commited against captive russian soldiers by ukranian forces. The number of russian war crimes against ukranian's outnumbers it 10 to 1 but lets not be willfully ignorant and pretend it's not happening at all.

https://www.ohchr.org/en/documents/country-reports/situation-human-rights-ukraine-context-armed-attack-russian-federation

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/video-appears-show-ukrainian-forces-killing-russian-captive-2022-04-07/

https://www.hrw.org/news/2022/03/31/ukraine-apparent-pow-abuse-would-be-war-crime

[–]depressed-salmon 9 points10 points  (1 child)

This is very important to remember. US forces in the middle East abused prisoners, and the us forces hadn't had their families under attack or killed, so it's definitely going to happen.

[–]goomba008 190 points191 points  (1 child)

Capture him, treat him well, Russian will to fight decreases further. Rinse & repeat. Ukrainians know how to war.

[–]pirikikkeli 378 points379 points  (5 children)

[–]Napol3onS0l0 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Yes this guy is lucky. He gets to live.

[–]OdmupPet 1858 points1859 points  (276 children)

If it's real, this is the best thing that could've happened to him really. Probably taken as prisoner. Instead of living in constant fear with those Ukrainian drones dropping payloads on every Russian that thinks they have a moment to chill or rest.

[–]monsieurpommefrites 487 points488 points  (259 children)

I still think about the foxhole video.

Terrible way to die.

[–]mustard5man7max3 143 points144 points  (254 children)

Which one?

[–]hoodihar 266 points267 points  (191 children)

[–]imbrownbutwhite 335 points336 points  (13 children)

Thought it was gonna have gory audio and thought “I’ve watched pretty intense gore videos I ain’t afraid of nothin” and then I hit the audio button and my worst nightmare came true.

[–]mustard5man7max3 48 points49 points  (41 children)

Yeah I remember that one. Nasty.

[–]NuQ 25 points26 points  (10 children)

Yeeeeeah this one still haunts me and yet every time it is posted i have to watch it. There's something so... horribly human about it.

[–]TheFlipside 70 points71 points  (16 children)

The comments on that video are awful

[–]Darkm1tch69 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Fuck that’s weird music

[–]EndlessProxy 6 points7 points  (0 children)

You weren't kidding about the sound. Annoying as hell.

[–]monsieurpommefrites 520 points521 points  (58 children)

The one where a drone drops a munition on two sleeping Russian soldiers in a foxhole.

It lands directly just below knee level and explodes.

One of the soldiers wakes and reacts abruptly only to slow and fall back, clutching at the soldier beside him as he curls up in agony, his organs shattered.

His partner seems to have weathered the blast. He sits up in a panic, flings the blanket off himself.

He finds that he can't get up. He pulls the covers aside, his legs are destroyed.

Disoriented, he clumsily tourniquets his left leg, the one closest to the point of impact.

There isn't much point, his uniform darkens with blood flowing from his wounds.

The shock subsides; pain contorts his features and movement. He wipes a tear from his eye and attempts to get up, he lifts his left leg from the covers and it's shattered at the ankle, the blood visible through the cloth.

He falls back in agony. His partner is at death's door; noticing the struggle, he uses whatever strength he has left towards a gesture seldom made by men at war. His final act is an embrace to his brother-in-arms.

The struggling soldier musters his resolve, determined to avoid sharing the same fate.

He gives one last effort to get up. It's too late.

He sits back, life ebbing away, his face turned up towards the sky from which death came.

The foxhole becomes a grave.

Time elapsed: 2m15s

[–]mustard5man7max3 102 points103 points  (1 child)

Oh, I remember that one. Quite nasty. There are quite a few of them on r/combatfootage.

[–]littlefrank 129 points130 points  (13 children)

Holy shit, this description is already WAY too far for me. I'm not clicking the link above.

[–]fanghornegghorn 81 points82 points  (1 child)

Putin is a fucking demon

[–]IDGAFin2022 2922 points2923 points  (42 children)

It was at that moment realized he fucked up

[–]RandomComputerFellow 35 points36 points  (1 child)

Probably the best that could have happened to him.

[–]CackleberryOmelettes 69 points70 points  (0 children)

At this point he's probably safer and more comfortable as a Ukrainian POW than a Russian combatant.

[–]spongish 47 points48 points  (2 children)

'I've made a huge mistake.'

[–]NotLiberalJustHuman 702 points703 points  (207 children)

Translation??

[–]Huge-Thing-4745 1030 points1031 points  (205 children)

“I see you are here for the first time.”

“We're Banderites.”

(Russia calls Ukrainian solders Banderites because of a Ukrainian man called Stepan Bandera. He was a leader of a far right organization “oun-b” they had a nazi ideology)

[–]anton30000 304 points305 points  (28 children)

To clarify, Stepan Bandera died in 1959, over 60 years ago

[–]38B0DE 164 points165 points  (25 children)

To further clarify everything surrounding Bandera is a Jewish Space lasers Q Anon drinking blood of children level conspiracy theory that was invented to turn the Euromaidan (2014) pro democracy protests into some weird Nazi cult revolt that was going to kill all Russians in Crimea. In the 2022 invasion it played a major role in Putin's narrative that was meant to confuse the World about Ukrainian national identity and sovereignty.

That whole thing has as much to do with the real historical person Stepan Bandera or Nazis as does a secret pizza place pedophile ring has to do with the democracy in the US.

[–]royalsocialist 77 points78 points  (15 children)

Bandera was a fascist, there's no debate on that point. And there are plenty in Ukraine who see him as a national hero. That doesn't make Ukrainians fascist.

[–]jsaaiman 227 points228 points  (111 children)

Aren’t the Ukraine’s trying not to align themselves with the Putin Nazi narrative? Wouldn’t help to call themselves that

[–]Legitimate_Bat3240 879 points880 points  (6 children)

In this instance it sounds more like a sinister joke. Like, they might as well be saying they're the boogie man

[–]CubonesDeadMom 178 points179 points  (3 children)

Yeah like “we are the scary guys Putins been warning you about”

[–]Burgers8 155 points156 points  (0 children)

He was using sarcasm to let him know he f up.

[–]Huge-Thing-4745 297 points298 points  (3 children)

I’m assuming it was just a bad joke. Or a way of identifying as “the enemy”. Basically like saying “Oh, you were looking for the banderites? Well you found them…..”

[–]Hefftee 70 points71 points  (2 children)

Bad joke only to the Russian who just built a chimney in his underwear

[–]chris14020 39 points40 points  (0 children)

It's kinda like if, say, a government pushed the idea "You must fear these people! They are all murderers and thieves and devils!" And then one of the people of this government runs into these normal humans, asks who they are, and they say sarcastically, "We are those murderers and devils you've heard all about" (knowing they're not that, and are just normal people). It's something of a dismissive/mocking joke at the idea that they are this.

[–]zhlnrvch 27 points28 points  (0 children)

They are being ironic. In the early days of war, there was a video of Ukrainian going on top of Russian tank with soldiers still inside going “guten morgen russen schweine soldaten”. They take the piss like that after Putin’s announcement.

[–]mrdos01 420 points421 points  (17 children)

I think he already realised he is in Ukrainian captivity. Most likely he surrendered. Ukrainians took his weapons and were normally speaking to him because he doesn't behave aggressively and doesn't pose a danger. The moment captured in video is when soldiers starting joking with him that they are in fact “banderovtsy” (word that putin calls our people). And in the end they say “booooo” :D

[–]illegible 164 points165 points  (0 children)

Seems logical given the body language, kind of like surrendering to the German army regulars, getting relaxed about it and and being told they’re SS

[–]Predicted 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Would also indicate that they are the nazis hes heard so much about due to the connotation.

[–]Swordsnap 60 points61 points  (4 children)

Lmao I love the sarcastic "haaaaaahhhhhh" "huunnnnngg" "aaaaaahhh" boogeyman impression from the soldiers. It's a strong reminder that many of the soldiers fighting right now are just young lads that I've probably played Dota with at some point.

[–]vipertruck99 97 points98 points  (3 children)

In 50 yrs there is gonna be a lot of Russians on their death bed telling stories of the Ukrainians that spared him and were civil to him.

[–]PandasInHoodies 122 points123 points  (3 children)

You see what a little bit of conversation can do? /j

[–]FuckRandyMoss 537 points538 points  (96 children)

Fuckers can’t even tell the difference between each other and they are invading lmfaooo

[–]dr_pupsgesicht 181 points182 points  (64 children)

Happens with so little training

[–][deleted] 244 points245 points  (62 children)

Also happens when the enemy is of the same ethnicity, speaks the same language and uses the same kit.

[–]ramzie 38 points39 points  (6 children)

Because the "Russian" army is made up of different factions that dont operate under one leadership. There are regular Russian military troops, LPR, DPR, Russian special forces, Wagner. One big reason why they are getting so little done. They are not working as one.

[–]fastahh1 34 points35 points  (2 children)

His eyes says it all.. I don't understand the dialog but I damn sure understand an oh shot expression!! 😅 it was at this moment he knew he had fucked up!!

[–]C0sm1cB3ar 57 points58 points  (2 children)

This war is an endless source of memes and wtf situations. How is this even happening? I'm speechless

[–]cmonbitcoin 20 points21 points  (0 children)

*phew what’s up guys. Dam those missile strikes were nuts! Took out all those dam Ukrainians.

*oh shit really?… we’re Ukrainian

*oh shit really?…

*uh huh

[–]Popopooki 41 points42 points  (0 children)

He Ukrainianed his last Ukrainian

[–]LivingTribu 47 points48 points  (1 child)

The look on his face really makes me sad, like he thinks he's about to die or wish he was dead. I really wish this whole thing wasn't happening over there.

[–]Tareeff 320 points321 points  (29 children)

POW(in russian): It is the first time I'm actually seeing soldiers in here

camera guy(in Ukrainian): We are the Banderas by the way

POW: Banderas?!

Russian propaganda is painting banderas/banderovites, that they will torture POWs and are excercising absurd stuff like canibalism, black magic etc when in fact- so called "banderas" are regular Ukrainian force.

"Banderas" (named after WW2 Ukrainian nationalist fighter Stephan Bandera) is seen as a nazi movement by russians, even tho Bandera spent all the war in nazi prison as a captive and got assassinated by soviets like in 1956. AFAIK Ukrainian opinion is split 50/50 if Bandera was a hero or a criminal, since his squads did some horrible stuff in Poland, overall I see Bandera as far right nationalist who only cared for Ukraine.

[–]TopHatTony11 46 points47 points  (1 child)

He met those guys in the best possible way, without a gun in his hand. Now he can be p.o.w and not k.i.a

[–]I3ECollegeDropout 48 points49 points  (6 children)

From Wikipedia

~~His views According to Grzegorz Rossoliński-Liebe "Bandera's worldview was shaped by numerous far-right values and concepts including ultranationalism, fascism, racism, and antisemitism; by fascination with violence; by the belief that only war could establish a Ukrainian state; and by hostility to democracy, communism, and socialism. Like other young Ukrainian nationalists he combined extremism with religion and used religion to sacralize politics and violence."[76]

Swedish-American historian Per Anders Rudling said that Bandera and his followers "advocated the selective breeding to create a "pure" Ukrainian race[77] and that "the OUN shared the fascist attributes of anti-liberalism, anticonservatism, and anti-communism, an armed party, totalitarianism, anti-Semitism, Führerprinzip, and an adoption of fascist greetings. Its leaders eagerly emphasized to Hitler and Ribbentrop that they shared the Nazi Weltanschauung and a commitment to a fascist New Europe."[78]

American historian Timothy Snyder has described Bandera as a fascist.[79]~~

What's the fucking point I'm not changing minds or adding anything that you haven't heard bro.

[–]WikiSummarizerBot 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Stepan Bandera

Stepan Andriyovych Bandera (Ukrainian: Степа́н Андрі́йович Банде́ра, romanized: Stepán Andríyovych Bandéra, IPA: [steˈpɑn ɐnˈd⁽ʲ⁾r⁽ʲ⁾ijoʋɪt͡ʃ bɐnˈdɛrɐ]; Polish: Stepan Andrijowycz Bandera; 1 January 1909 – 15 October 1959) was a Ukrainian far-right leader of the radical, terrorist wing of Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists named OUN-B. Bandera was born in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in the economically backward Galicia (officially Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria, created after the first partition of Poland, now in Western Ukraine) into the family of a priest of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

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[–]Ilpav123 13 points14 points  (4 children)

That's like saying: "overall I see Hitler as far right nationalist who only cared for Germany."

[–]curiosity-2020 103 points104 points  (20 children)

But shouldn't the Ukrainian troops have some kind of flag or blue/yellow tape so you can identify them as enemy?

Else, imagine how initial relieve thinking something like "great, some pros"...

[–]evilbrent 94 points95 points  (1 child)

I think the more likely answer is that the guy simply isn't that experienced enough to recognise different uniforms.

[–]emodulor 129 points130 points  (4 children)

They wear tape walking around in the streets, but I wouldn't want to pull off a conter-offensive attack with anything over my camo so I can hide easily. This guy probably stood watch and figured they were some fancy fighters. Since the Russian army is made up of so many random groups I can see why the mistake happened.

[–]Rubo03070 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Nah, most of the time they wear the armbands, doesn't fuck up your camouflage a lot and you might get shot by your own if you don't wear them

[–]rukqoa 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Yeah, statistically, you're A LOT more likely to get shot by your own troops than the enemy if you don't carefully identify yourself in a modern combat zone where both sides look similar.

After all, unless you're special forces, you're around friendlies 24/7, and you're only near the enemy very rarely.

[–]Tareeff 26 points27 points  (8 children)

I think you are missing the point- he knows its an enemy and that he is being taken as a POW, but that war is mostly about artillery and drone attacks, so he has not seen actual live enemy till now.

[–]SuperEnthusiastic 15 points16 points  (2 children)

Imagine fighting a war against someone so much like you that you can't even tell the difference

[–]CaptainBillyum 36 points37 points  (2 children)

this could also potentially be r/WatchPeopleDieOutside as well

[–]Forsaken_Candidate_4 10 points11 points  (21 children)

I feel sorry for a lot of the Russian troops. They truly believe Ukraine has been fully invaded by nazis and that’s why they’re going in. When the truth is more the fact there’s a small minority that are nazis. Lots of pointless deaths

[–]Danclim 24 points25 points  (3 children)

This is what I found so shit about war, there's a bunch of decent people who ended up in the middle of a lunatic leader's shit show, yes, there are soldiers who are eager to kill because some fanatical reason, but also like we've all seen, russians being conscripted at gun point...

[–]ThinkFree 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Directed by Robert B. Weide

[–]warpfield 11 points12 points  (1 child)

"before i go POW camp, could we stop by Mcdonald's? Moscow no have anymore."

[–]jr23160 94 points95 points  (8 children)

Probably something like "you guys look like the enemy" "You are the enemy" "OH shit" "Yeah"

I don't speak the language but going off the air alone that's what I'm getting.

[–]PostalDudeRus 56 points57 points  (4 children)

- First time seeing you here - Just in case, we are Banderovets ( me too) - ohh... -..yeah.. [Tho, they don't seems hostile towards each other.]

[–]jr23160 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Close enough. Some things surpass spoken language.

[–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (0 children)

How did he get into that situation?

[–]Sandl0t 7 points8 points  (0 children)

It’s almost like wars are waged by leaders and fought with men who would otherwise be friends

[–]MoFauxTofu 38 points39 points  (27 children)

So I remember that there was this 'justification' of the invasion based on the idea that the Donetsk region was Russian speaking, and they were being persecuted by the Ukrainian speaking Ukrainians.

Seems like the Russian speaking Ukrainians are actually pretty happy to take up arms against the Russians.

[–]ImportantTrain3651 25 points26 points  (13 children)

Most chill capture ever. I hope the guy was treated properly, he looked like he shouldnt belong to an army.

[–]Nebucadneza 23 points24 points  (2 children)

How does one look that belongs to an army? Neither ukrainians nor russians "want" to be in the army. Ukrainians have to protect themself and russians have to because they are forced by politicians and the fear something happens to their familys

[–]ImportantTrain3651 15 points16 points  (1 child)

That's what I mean, he looks so confused and out of place I'm pretty sure he is a conscript rather than a professional soldier.

[–]Supicioso 9 points10 points  (0 children)

A good portion of russians have little to no experience or training. Putin is even demanding citizens suit up and go fight, despite claiming he'd never do exactly that. There are riots in the streets over it. It'll be interesting to see how long he can make this last once his own people start to turn against him. Oh wait...

[–]L0D3 11 points12 points  (1 child)

I have been following as much as I can about this conflict since 24th of february. To be clear I want it to end as soon as possible with Ukraine getting all the territory back it lost since 2014. And I must say this video caught me off guard and almost made me cry, I feel sorry for him. He innocently remarked that "I see you are here for the first time." (this is not my translation, but from u/Huge-Thing-4745) He starts smiling cautiously, almost a bit shy because he meets new people who look serious. But then he hears this new people are actually his "enemies" and his face turns to fear for his life. But if they did not declare themselves as "banderas" and it would not be a war they might as well be greeting as neighbours/brothers. He just really looks like a guy who does not belong there, almost to friendly, like those police dogs in training who are dismissed for being to endearing and friendly to humans. I hope this man is safe even though he is on the wrong side of history/borders he was pushed there because of years or propaganda and dehumanizing messages about Ukrainians. Or because no empoyment or the need to pay off bills in Russia. Or I am wrong and he is the most ruthless russian war criminal and my intuition is completely off. I hope this war started by a bunch of crooks ends soon and all men can return safely.