The next time you’re invading a country, take a few minutes to enjoy the countryside you’re pillaging. You know, maybe look for a place to settle down. At least, that’s the most recent recruiting message coming from Vladimir Putin’s war machine.
Taking What’s Theirs?
According to Business Insider, the chilling new ad opens with a group of Russian soldiers talking about their plans to “recapture” Kyiv.
A Normal Day at the Office
As they’re going about their business, loading weapons onto trucks and slogging their way through trenches, one soldier turns to another.
He Needs Advice
“Do you know where Pechersk Hills are, in Kyiv?” he asks.
Bombs in the Background
With the sounds of the war all around them, another soldier answers over the gunfire and bombs.
A Cool Area
“It’s downtown, my aunt lives there. It’s a cool area,” the second young man says.
Shooting for His Goal
That seems to make the first soldier happy, even as he takes aim at some unseen target. Heck, maybe that answer even encourages him to take aim.
War Is Great for Apartment Shopping
“I have a dream. I want to buy an apartment there. When the war is over and we recapture Kyiv, I will move my family there.”
You Can Have It All
The ad ends with patriotic music and a text-over that encourages prospective soldiers to “choose the city of your dreams.”
Can’t Go Home Again?
The unwritten subtext of that thought is, “as long as that dream city is in Ukraine, not Mother Russia.”
It’s a Hard Sell
The ad comes at a time when Russia is having plenty of trouble finding recruits to join in their fight against Ukraine.
Putin Pays Big
According to some reports, Putin has even doubled the amount of money he is offering to prospective troops since the invasion of Ukraine began in February 2022.
Cash Won’t Cut It
Apparently, the promise of cold, hard cash is not enough to entice young men and women to risk life and limb for a war that still has ill-defined goals.
If You Destroy It, You Can Have It
So maybe the promise of being able to live in conquered cities left burned out and decimated by their own hands can lure more soldiers to the fray?
What’s the Goal Again?
That seems to be the new tact Putin’s military is taking.
And the idea of Russians settling into Ukraine cities once the fighting is over calls into question the dictator’s motivations in the first place.
All About Reunification
Putin has long said that he wants to reunite Russia, which includes pulling Ukraine back into the fold.
Putin Feels Threatened
But Putin has also said he needs to take control of Ukraine because he feels threatened by NATO countries.
Russia needs the Ukrainian buffer, he says.
A Happy Side Effect?
These recent recruitment tactics seem to hint at something else, though.
Like maybe Russians taking over Ukraine cities for their own pleasure.
A Simple Request
Voice of America News’ Pentagon correspondent Ostap Yarysh made a simple request for clarification from the Russian president that just begs for a Gene Wilder meme.
Tell Me More About That
“Please tell me more that Russia started this war because it felt threatened by NATO,” Yarysh said in response to the latest ad.
Long Wait Ahead
He’ll probably be waiting awhile for that answer from Moscow.
Trump 2024 Campaign Derails: Judge Chutkan Fast-Tracks Trial Date to Preempt Super Tuesday Showdown
A federal judge dealt a huge blow to Donald Trump’s 2024 election plans on Monday. She didn’t do much for his prospects of staying out of jail, either. Trump 2024 Campaign Derails: Judge Chutkan Fast-Tracks Trial Date to Preempt Super Tuesday Showdown
Tucker Carlson Drops Bombshell Allegations: Obama’s Crack Habit and Secret Gay Affairs Revealed, Predicts U.S.-Russia War
Tucker Carlson, the former Fox News host, made a series of controversial allegations about Barack Obama’s past. He claims the media intentionally overlooked these stories during the run-up to the 2008 presidential election. Tucker Carlson Drops Bombshell Allegations: Obama’s Crack Habit and Secret Gay Affairs Revealed, Predicts U.S.-Russia War
“Chamber of Elderly Homes”: Mitch McConnell Freezes Again and Gets Escorted Away Sparking Health Concerns
Mitch McConnell, the 81-year-old Senator, has once again raised concerns about his health and future in politics after a series of troubling incidents, including freezing during a press event and being led away from the podium. “Chamber of Elderly Homes”: Mitch McConnell Freezes Again and Gets Escorted Away Sparking Health Concerns
“Karma Strikes Back” – Russia Faces Its Largest Attack on Home Soil Since the War Began
Reports of drone attacks on Russian soil by the Ukrainian forces have escalated to the largest cross-border attack since the war started, with the important airport in Pskov becoming the latest victim. “Karma Strikes Back” – Russia Faces Its Largest Attack on Home Soil Since the War Began
“We’re Not Done Yet” – Trump Faces Accusations of Embezzling Millions From His Own Supporters! Will the Legal System Finally Hold Him Accountable?
Trump faces possible legal difficulties as the PAC is investigated regarding election donations. “We’re Not Done Yet” – Trump Faces Accusations of Embezzling Millions From His Own Supporters! Will the Legal System Finally Hold Him Accountable?
The post Putin’s Recruitment Ad Encourages Soldiers to Shop for Homes in Ukraine Amid War first appeared on Mama Say What?!.
Featured Image Credit: Shutterstock / Ververidis Vasilis. The people shown in the images are for illustrative purposes only, not the actual people featured in the story.