Thursday 19 May 2022 05:22 PM Ukrainian troops paint flowers and messages on missiles destined for Putin's ... trends now

Thursday 19 May 2022 05:22 PM Ukrainian troops paint flowers and messages on missiles destined for Putin's ... trends now
Thursday 19 May 2022 05:22 PM Ukrainian troops paint flowers and messages on missiles destined for Putin's ... trends now

Thursday 19 May 2022 05:22 PM Ukrainian troops paint flowers and messages on missiles destined for Putin's ... trends now

Ukrainian troops have been filmed painting flowers and messages on their missiles, before firing a volley of the munitions at Vladimir Putin's invading forces.

Kyiv's troops decorated the missiles with 'warm' messages for Ukraine's World Embroidery Day, known as Vyshyvanka, which takes place on May 21.

The holiday - that is also celebrated in Belarus - promotes the tradition of creating and wearing embroidered Ukrainian clothes known as Vyshyvanka. A Vyshyvanka is a casual name for an embroidered shirt that is part of the country's national costume. 

The shirt was forbidden to be worn during the Soviet Union and was liberalized with the independence of Ukraine, and has become a symbol of defiance - and is more relevant than ever with Russia's on-going invasion of the country.

Video on Thursday showed Ukrainian service men and women carefully painting missiles with a variety of colourful patterns to mark the holiday - before launching them with deadly intent at Russian military positions.

One fighter painted three rockets with pink and blue flowers along its casing, and a message down the side. The soldier was then seen proudly laying the three missiles out in a row on the back of a Ukrainian military vehicle.

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Kyiv's troops decorated the missiles with flowers and 'warm' messages for World Embroidery Day, known locally as Vyshyvanka, which takes place in Ukraine on May 21.

Kyiv's troops decorated the missiles with flowers and 'warm' messages for World Embroidery Day, known locally as Vyshyvanka, which takes place in Ukraine on May 21.

Video showed Ukrainian service men and women carefully painting missiles with a variety of colourful patterns. Pictured: A soldier sits on a Ukrainian military vehicle adding a personal touch to his missile, that would soon be fired at Russian positions

Video showed Ukrainian service men and women carefully painting missiles with a variety of colourful patterns. Pictured: A soldier sits on a Ukrainian military vehicle adding a personal touch to his missile, that would soon be fired at Russian positions

Pictured: A Ukrainian portable missile launcher fires rockets towards Russian forces

Pictured: A Ukrainian portable missile launcher fires rockets towards Russian forces

Another soldier was shown sitting on the same vehicle, parked under a tree, carefully painting his own message down the side of the same three missiles.

A female Ukrainian fighter was also shown carefully decorating her own missile. She wrote 'Happy Vishivank' in black marker, before decorating the shell with dozens of red cross-stitches to give the effect of an embroidered material.

The camera then panned along a row of several Ukrainian missiles, all ready to be launched in the direction of Russian forces.

More messages were painted down their sides. One said: 'Greetings from Dchiv, pigs', and was decorated with smirking emojis and a love heart.

The footage then cut to a Ukrainian serviceman loading a missile into an artillery gun, before covering his ears and firing the rocket into the air.

A Ukrainian rocket-launcher vehicle was then seen firing multiple rockets into the sky, also in the direction of Russian positions.

Pictured: A Ukrainian soldier holds up a decorated artillery shell ready to be launched

Pictured: A Ukrainian soldier holds up a decorated artillery shell ready to be launched

A female Ukrainian fighter was shown carefully decorating her own shell (pictured). She wrote 'Happy Vishivank' in black marker, before decorating the shell with dozens of red cross-stitches to give the effect of an embroidered material

A female Ukrainian fighter was shown carefully decorating her own shell (pictured). She wrote 'Happy Vishivank' in black marker, before decorating the shell with dozens of red cross-stitches to give the effect of an embroidered material

One fighter painted three rockets with pink and blue flowers up its casing, and a message down the side

One fighter painted three rockets with pink and blue flowers up its casing, and a message down the side

Speaking on Wednesday, the Command of the Assault Troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said: 'Soldiers of the Assault Troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine send "warm wishes" to the Russian occupiers for World Embroidery Day!

'Death to the Russian occupiers! DShV - Always First! Glory to Ukraine!'

The 81st Airmobile Brigade of the Ukrainian Air Assault Forces explained: 'World Embroidery Day is an international holiday, which is designed to preserve the ancient folk traditions of creating and wearing ethnic embroidered Ukrainian clothes.

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