The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense has swag.
In the midst of a successful counterattack in the north — where Ukrainian forces pushed 30 miles into occupied territory –, the ministry boasted its latest tally of Russian kills with a lyric from Bronx-born rapper Pusha T: “I put numbers on the boards.”
“Great taste in music for the win…” the rapper, also known as King Push, replied.
Ukraine’s staggering estimate — 50,000 Russian troops “eliminated” — is most likely a combination of those both killed and wounded.
Western intelligence services estimated roughly 15,000 Russians are likely to have been killed in action as of late July — and as many as 45,000 wounded.
Neither side has been forthcoming with its own casualty figures, though Ukraine hinted that some 9,000 Ukrainian troops had been killed during a memorial ceremony last month.
But Ukraine has reliably posted its wins for the world to see — frequently with irreverent pop-culture flair.
In late August, as Kyiv’s counteroffensive began in earnest, the ministry tipped its hat to 80s London pop duo Bananarama, saying “It’s a cruel, cruel summer.”
Last week, when President Volodymyr Zelensky announced the liberation of two Ukrainian towns in the Donbas, the ministry channeled Cohen Brother’s everyman Jeffrey Lebowski, adding “This aggression will not stand, man.”
And on Tuesday, when, unbeknownst to most, Ukrainian troops were preparing to surprise Russian occupiers in the Donbas, a succinct summary courtesy of an M. Night Shyamalan thriller:
“I see dead people.”