As their war with Russia rages on, Ukrainian citizens have their eyes on U.S. politics. And what they see from the field of Republican Presidential candidates has them making some unusual moves. Here is the full story.
The Beaver Is Da Bomb
In recent weeks, Ukraine’s long-range Beaver missiles have been finding their marks on a regular basis.
They’re a Gut-Punch to Russia
And more and more, those targets have been in downtown Moscow, where the missiles have been landing kamikaze strikes on a regular basis.
Strange and Mysterious
But even though they’ve been very effective, no one seems to know where the Beavers are actually coming from.
No One Will Admit It
Or, at least, no one in the know is willing to admit that they have information about the origin of the Beavers.
Prytula Just Isn’t Sure
Serhiy Prytula, for example, says he’s not sure if his foundation is involved with the construction and deployment of the Beavers.
He’s Cut from the Zelenskyy Cloth
Prytula, like Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, rose to fame as an actor and comedian before veering into politics.
He’s Funding the Defense
And when Russia invaded early in 2022, Prytula started a charitable foundation to help fund Ukraine’s defense efforts. Since then, his celebrity has only grown.
He’s an Answer Man
Now, Prytula is one of the first people the world media turns to when questions about the war come up.
He Supports the Locals
Aside from his role as an unofficial mouthpiece and a major source of funds, Prytula has also turned out to be pretty wiley when it comes to helping support the grassroots homegrown weapon movement in his country.
He Has Resources
One of Prytula’s big wins, mostly as part of his foundation, has been his consistent ability to track down parts for do-it-yourself drones that have proved invaluable in the war efforts.
From the Third Reich?
With names like Shark, Leleka, and Valkyrie, these makeshift weapons sound like clandestine Axis projects from World War II.
He’s Not Admitting Anything
And now Beaver joins their ranks, even if Prytula says, “We are not sure whether we are involved in this.”
That soft denial on Prytula’s part only adds to the mystery and mystique of the new breed of homegrown drones.
They’ll Build Their Own
But what’s not a mystery is that Ukrainians have shown themselves to be quite willing and capable of building and using their own weapons to hold the Russians at bay.
One reason is that Ukraine has received weaponry from the United States, but has been forbidden from using those weapons on Russian soil. No such restriction exists for Ukrainian-manufactured weaponry, though.
But there is another reason.
The United States Is a Concern
And with the 2024 Presidential election starting to bubble up in their daily news feeds, citizens of Ukraine are ramping up their munitions efforts even more.
Trump Is a Big Problem
With Donald Trump the clearcut frontrunner among Republicans despite the prospect that he’ll be in prison by the time of the election, there is plenty to worry about.
He Wants to Cut Them Off
Trump has said several times since the war started that he thinks the U.S. shouldn’t be very involved in helping Ukraine.
It’s not hard to imagine he’d cut the money and weapons supply if he’s elected.
Trump Isn’t Alone
And other top-ranking Republican candidates are even more adamant in their belief that America should steer clear of helping Ukraine, although this viewpoint has so far been rejected by the Republican mainstream, including rank-and-file voters.
No Support at the Top
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and biotech millionaire Vivek Ramaswany have both been vocal in pledging to pull back on U.S. involvement in the war.
They also just happen to be fighting for second place in the polls behind Trump.
They Have to Arm Themselves
All of that uncertainty around continued U.S. support seems to have spurred Ukrainians to step up their homegrown production of arms.
They’ll Do Whatever They Have To
Whether it’s high-tech drones or more old-fashioned heavy armor and shells, Ukraine citizens are more intent than ever on making sure they can handle the Russians on their own.
Trump Drove Them to Arms?
And, as the world watches an unprecedented grassroots military movement hold its own and more, it’s interesting to think that an indicted Donald Trump is at least partly to blame.
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