A Ukrainian solider has showed off his impressive football tekkers by doing some keepie-uppies while dressed in full military gear and holding a rifle.
On the eve of the one-year anniversary of Vladimir Putin's bloodthirsty invasion of Ukraine, footage has circulated of a solider enjoying the simple pleasure of having fun with a football.
Using both of his feet, the uniform-clad soldier had the ball in the air, kicked it against a wall, perfectly controlled it with his chest, and then repeated the trick.
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It was a heartbreaking, sombre clip which was a nod to a previous time when Ukrainians did not have to protect their land from invaders. It is just one of thousands, possibly millions, or surreal images and videos from the crisis.
Not only was he juggling the ball while wearing military boots, a vest, and a helmet, he was also holding a rifle at the same time. Unfortunately, the war is not showing any signs of stopping any time soon.
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It is almost one year since Russia ’s brutal invasion of Ukraine. In November 2022, figures from a US general General Mark Milley, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, believes around 100,000 Ukrainians have been killed since Russian troops invaded their borders on February 24.
Belarussian leader Alexander Lukashenko, who is a key ally to Vladimir Putin, recently said he is willing to allow the Russian forces to use his country as a staging ground for more Russian attacks. "Yes, I'm ready," he replied. "I'm ready to provide [territory] again.
“I'm also ready to wage war, alongside the Russians, from the territory of Belarus. But only if someone – even a single soldier – enters our territory from there (Ukraine) with weapons to kill my people."
The UK, EU, and the United States do not recognise Lukashenko as a legitimate president of Belarus.
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