Willingness Perseveres

As of the morning of Jan.27th, Ukraine enters the 4th day of armed combat following Russia's unwarranted invasion. Through the multitude of severe artillery attacks from the air and ground forces entering the cities, the death toll has increased to 198.

The Russian military may have expected a quick takeover, but they quickly learned the people of Ukraine is not a force to be reckoned with. Ukrainians proved their willingness to lay down their lives in the fight for independence early on.

One of the earlier examples is when 13 Ukraine troops guarding Zmiinyi Island, better known as Snake Island, came upon a Russian warship from the Black Sea along the southern border.

"This is a Russian warship," a voice on the recording can be heard saying. "I ask you to lay down your arms and surrender to avoid bloodshed and unnecessary deaths. Otherwise, you will be bombed."

After a few moments, a terse response came from the Ukrainians: "Russian warship. Go f*** yourself."

During a briefing in Washington, D.C., Ukrainian Ambassador Oksana Markarova confirmed all 13 of the defenders were killed during the fighting.

"The commendable fighting spirit has been demonstrated yesterday when 13 soldiers were posted on Serpent Island, in the south of Ukraine. They all refused to surrender to the Russian battleship. They were all killed," Markarova said.

President Zelensky later acknowledged them as heroes of Ukraine. This is the spirit in the many individuals guarding their homeland. The stories go on, including one brave marine who knowingly gave his own life to blow up a bridge that connected Crimea to the mainland and therefore detoured tanks from advancing.

Meanwhile, outside the country, the magnitude of protests, activism, and organizations taking extreme measures worldwide to help is uncanny. Even inside Russia, hundreds of protests are taking to the streets, as citizens accept arrest if it allows them to make their voices heard.

This war is waking people up to the possible threat coming from President Putin in Russia. After a recent meeting with NATO leaders, they have deemed this invasion "the gravest threat to Euro-Atlantic security in decades."