Russia-Ukraine: Ukrainians get tattoos of patriots

kyiv, Ukraine –

Ukrainians are marking their patriotism with new tattoos as more evidence emerges of how Russian forces have targeted male civilians.

“Men have been detained, beaten, summarily executed and, in some cases, taken to Belarus and Russia,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said in a statement to the Security Council. United Nations security on 5 May. “As of May 4, my office had documented 180 such cases, of which five victims were ultimately found dead.”

But in Kyiv, tattoo artist Ruslan Tsvetnov says attacks on civilians have not deterred a wave of customers seeking patriotic symbols like the Ukrainian trident.

“I warn them of the risks of getting one,” he told CTV National News national affairs correspondent Omar Sachedina. “It’s a visible target for the enemy.”

This does not bother Viktor, who was getting a tattoo at the studio in Tsvetnov.

“Ukraine is part of me and I am part of it,” he told CTV National News.

Ana Sybirska has a new tattoo with a clear message: “The Russian warship will fuck you”. These words commemorate a Ukrainian soldier’s response when asked to surrender to a ship believed to be the now sunken Moskva.

People are now starting to return to the capital, where Sybirska stayed during the war. She says she is going to the front lines with friends to deliver medical supplies and equipment and will do so for as long as it takes.

“Nobody knows what’s going to happen,” she told CTV News, referring to the Russian president. “Who knows what this fool [Putin] will it be ok?”

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