A Hit 1980s Film Is Being Used As Inspiration By Ukrainian Forces

By James Brizuela | 1 month ago

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It didn’t take long for the resistance fighters in Ukraine to start targeting a hit 1980s movie as their inspiration for standing up to Russian forces that have attempted to invade Ukraine. According to a White House correspondent, Scott Detrow, he noticed a familiar slogan painted onto Russian tanks that are now under Ukrainian control. It was none other than “WOLVERINES.” For those who might not be old enough to remember that slogan, it comes from the resistance group in the film, Red Dawn. A man by the name of Oleg Tolmachev, who is the head of the production at an oil producer called Naftogaz located in Ukraine, also spotted the name. You can see a pic from his Twitter below:

Red Dawn is a hit film from 1984 that stars Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen, and Jennifer Grey. The film follows an attack from Russian forces, as they invade the United States. A group of high school kids takes it upon itself to form a resistance group under the name of their school’s mascot, the wolverines. They spray paint this name across destroyed buildings and on armored vehicles that they destroy in the film, all to taunt and strike fear into the Russian forces. The same tactic is now being adopted by Ukraine, and honestly, good on them. It’s no secret this film would be referenced in the ongoing battle. Russia is currently attempting to take over Ukraine but is being met with heavy resistance at every turn. The world is watching and plenty of companies are doing their part to donate relief funds to the country. Epic Games, the creators of Fortnite, have raised over $144 million in funds from in-game purchases to aid Ukraine.

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Ukraine has been showing tons of grit and willpower in protecting their country from a vastly larger army. Russia took over plenty of places, including several nuclear power facilities. It has been reported that they have also had to abandon some of those facilities due to heavy resistance from Ukrainian forces. Just like in Red Dawn, the kids were heavily outnumbered but found a way to thwart Russian forces due to their strong will to defend their country. The same is going on in Ukraine currently, so naturally, they want to reflect that story on the tanks they have dismantled or taken over. Sadly, thousands have died due to this ongoing conflict. The hope is that some sense can be placated to the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, and he will agree to pull all his forces out of Ukraine soon, so further bloodshed can be avoided.

Ukraine is certainly not going down without a fight, and the world watches as tons of strict sanctions have been placed on Russia to interrupt their continued attempt to take over the sovereign country of Ukraine. Red Dawn is certainly a fictional film that was made during the height of the Cold War when the threat of nuclear war was the fear of most Americans, but now those in Ukraine are living through those horrors. While nuclear war is not necessarily going to happen, their country is being invaded and plenty of resistance groups are making their stands just like the Wolverines.