On the first day of the invasion of Ukraine, a Ukrainian woman gave sunflower seeds to an armed Russian soldier. “Take these seeds and put them in your pockets, so at least sunflowers will grow when you all lie down here,” she says in the video, which has been viewed more than 8.5 million times on the Twitter account of the small Ukrainian news service.
The sunflower woman was the vanguard in a flood of videos featuring ordinary Ukrainians showing their bravery. The farmer who stole a tank, the residents who were holding a tank back with their bare hands, and the man who removed a landmine from under a bridge in his two hands, while still smoking his cigarette casually. There are also reports of a woman in Kyiv taking down Russian drones with pickled cucumbers.