As the Russia-Ukraine conflict enters its second week and the war continues with no apparent signs of successful peace talks or ceasefire, the world is desperately looking for a breather from grim news coming out of Ukraine. The breather has come in the form of a heart-warming video of a captured Russian soldier being helped to some tea and snacks by Ukrainian civilians. He is also allowed to make a video call back home. Wall Street Journal reporter Matthew Luxmoore shared the video on his social media handle with the caption, “Video shared on Ukrainian channels of a captured Russian soldier apparently being fed by locals. The post says he burst into tears when he was allowed to video-call his mother. So many of these troops are just teenagers, with absolutely no clue what this war is really for.”
Video shared on Ukrainian channels of a captured Russian soldier apparently being fed by locals. The post says he burst into tears when he was allowed to video-call his mother. So many of these troops are just teenagers, with absolutely no clue what this war is really for. pic.twitter.com/oCPUC8cKcO— Matthew Luxmoore (@mjluxmoore) March 2, 2022
In the video, a tearful Russian soldier wearing camouflage fatigues is shown eating and drinking tea while a young woman with purple hair hands out a phone so he may call his mother in Russia. The Russian soldier bursts into tears as soon as the phone is connected. He appears not to be in a condition to speak but he blows kisses to the camera as people soothe him by patting him on the back. The kindness shown by the Ukrainians moved many people on the internet. Some, however, pointed out that broadcasting videos of prisoners of war is against Geneva Convention principles.
Watch till the end. The Ukrainian volunteer tells the Russian soldier’s mother as he sheds tears: “Don’t worry Natasha, he’s alive and well. You will get a call later.”— Matthew Luxmoore (@mjluxmoore) March 2, 2022
This is so sweet. Sometimes, we have to let the young ones speak and we could learn a lot from their words or by their actions. As John Lennon sang “All we are saying, is give peace a chance.”— DodgerBlue (@sparkie7224) March 3, 2022
I feel really uncomfortable about people sharing these videos. Has anyone considered what retribution he or his family may now face in Russia? And the Geneva Convention?— LDH Marketing (@LDHMarketing) March 2, 2022
The Ukrainians’ act of compassion towards an army that is invading their country is just a reflection of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s statement on Thursday that the captured Russian soldiers were “confused children” who had no idea about the mission, as reported by the New York Times.
“These are not warriors of a superpower. These are confused children who have been used,” he was quoted as saying. Looks like the civilians of the war-torn country reiterate his statement as this act of compassion shows that they don’t look at the Russian soldiers as ruthless invaders but clueless youth fighting a war they don’t want, far from home, on orders by the Russian President Vladimir Putin.