In the midst of the chaos of war and countless propaganda stories from both sides, not all reports can be verified at once. A report long dismissed as propaganda has now apparently turned out to be true. After all, it has now been confirmed by the Ukrainian side. According to this, Ukrainian civilians defended themselves against hungry and thirsty Russian soldiers with a ruse – by giving them what they asked for and poisoning them in the process.
Stories about a nice elderly lady from Ukraine were already circulating on social media about two weeks ago. The elderly Ukrainian handed out homemade cakes with a “secret ingredient” to hungry Russian soldiers, killing dozens of Putin’s troops. What initially sounded like propaganda obviously has a core of truth, as it now turns out – according to a report by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense.
The ministry comments on the incidents on its official Facebook account as follows: “Ukrainians are resisting the occupiers with every means at their disposal. According to available information, residents of Izium (near Kharkiv) ‘treated’ Russians of the 3rd Motorized Rifle Division of the Russian Federation with poisoned cakes and pies.”
The result: “Two Russians who had eaten the cakes died immediately, and another 28 were taken to intensive care. Their current condition is being clarified,” the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense said in a statement.
And further: “About 500 other soldiers of the 3rd Motorized Rifle Division of the Russian Federation are in hospitals due to severe alcohol poisoning of unknown cause.” This alcohol poisoning is also attributed to the defensive Ukrainians. Russia itself has written off the two deaths, as well as the soldiers thus disabled, as “non-combat losses,” according to the ministry.
Putin’s forces are beginning to focus their war effort on fighting in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine after failing to encircle Kyiv in the first six weeks of the war. As a result, Izium could become a strategically important place for the Russian army.