Senator Marco Rubio on Friday praised Ukrainians for resisting the Russian invasion, saying they were a reminder of the importance of fighting for freedom.
It came as a video surfaced of citizens being handed rifles ready to fight invading troops, and isolated moments of bravery, such as a lone protester standing in front of a military convoy, went viral.
Rubio appeared at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, where he spoke out against the culture of abolition and the imposition of masks.
But he used that argument to feed his Trump audience red meat before linking the fight at home to the fight abroad.
“It doesn’t matter how you feel about this Ukrainian-Russian situation — what we should have done in advance, what we should have done now — I think everyone can agree that the people of Ukraine inspire the world,” he said. said.
“You have 70-year-old men, older women, younger children who take up arms and are ready to sacrifice everything.”
Ukrainian officials say they have distributed 10,000 rifles to citizens ready to defend their country.
There have been reports that the Ukrainian Defense Ministry is asking residents to start making Molotov cocktails.
Senator Marco Rubio said the people of Ukraine were an inspiration in how they stood up to Russia and fought back against invading forces.
Ukrainian servicemen ride in tanks to the front line with Russian troops in the Luhansk region of Ukraine, February 25, 2022. Ukrainian troops fight off Russian troops in the capital Kiev on the second day of the conflict that has claimed dozens of lives.
The brave Ukrainian citizen was filmed apparently trying to stop a convoy of Russian Tiger-M combat vehicles, similar to American Hummers, moving along a highway near Crimea in scenes reminiscent of a “tank driver” in Tiananmen Square.
Rubio also told the story of 13 border guards who defended Snake Island from the Russian fleet.
They were killed after using their chosen language to tell a Russian ship that they would not surrender.
Other stories of defiance have gone viral, such as the case of a Ukrainian woman singing the national anthem while clearing the rubble of her bombed-out house.
Oksana Gulenko’s home was among 33 civilian targets that Russia bombed during its attack on Ukraine in the past 24 hours.
And a video emerged showing a man confronting Putin’s troops in an attempt to block a Russian military convoy, in scenes reminiscent of a “tanker” in Tiananmen Square blocking Chinese troops in 1989.
The footage, believed to have been filmed in the south of the country near Crimea, emerged today as the Russian military swept into Kiev in an apparent attempt to seize the capital and “decapitate” the government in hopes of a quick victory.
“These are people who are actually saying that we refuse to be Putin’s slaves,” he said.
“We refuse to live under tyranny, we are ready to lay down our lives and die.
“It reminds us of two things: how precious freedom and freedom are, how quickly it can be lost.
“And secondly, this is to remind us that the reason we had freedom and we had freedom is because people at some point were willing to do it for our country here.”
By tying the Russian invasion to America’s history of freedom, he managed to sidestep the divisions facing the Republican Party.
Pictured: An apartment building resident throws trash out of a window while cleaning his house after it was destroyed by a bomb blast.
Ukrainians hide in a Kiev bomb shelter equipped with AK-47s as Russian troops advance to the outskirts.
Russian armor is now advancing on Kiev from the north and east, and US intelligence says the plan is to lay siege to the city, capture the airport, and land paratroopers who will then attack the capital. The goal would be to take over the government and force it to sign a peace treaty returning control of the country to Russia or a Russian puppet.
CPAC speakers have openly attacked President Joe Biden, saying that Putin invaded because he sees a weak administration that has left Afghanistan in a chaotic retreat.
But other figures, such as House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy or members of his foreign policy establishment, have focused on Putin as the villain.
Instead, Rubio linked Putin’s actions to what he saw as creeping tyranny in the US.
“There are people who may not agree with us on what the tax rate should be. There are people who may disagree with us on how much regulation should be in the government,” he said.
“There are people who may disagree with us on a range of issues. There are people who may never have voted like you in a presidential race.
“They are very angry and they are getting rid of the student council members because they are coming for their kids and they are getting rid of the local government officials because they are coming for their own business.
“And they will get rid of federal leaders who will come for their freedom.”