Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine has sent shockwaves throughout the world. As mega-corporations boycott Russia and energy prices soar amidst uncertainty over gas and oil imports, Putin has been almost universally condemned for his needless war. Those suffering the worst, though, are the Ukrainian citizens who face daily shelling and bombardment from Russian troops.

Those citizens are defended by a motivated and capable Ukrainian military as well as volunteers from around the world. Putin sees himself as the king in a game of global chess. The Ukrainian troops have been playing a game of their own during their downtime.

TMZ shared photos of Ukrainian troops on the front line playing checkers with Molotov cocktails. Instead of red and black game pieces, bottles filled with highly flammable liquid are the order of the day. It is a surreal scene that shows that even in a time of war, recreation is important.

Ordinary people across Ukraine have been fighting off the Russian threat with homemade Molotov cocktails. Local businesses such as breweries have been producing makeshift incendiary devices on the fly. The Ukrainian people are doing whatever they can to defend their homeland.


The government of Ukraine says it’s OK for citizens to defend themselves with Molotov cocktails. The Russian army has been targeting innocent civilians trying to escape various cities throughout the war-torn nation. It is completely understandable for them to want to have some way to stave off any threats.

The world is watching as Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine. Some of the moments captured in war can be bloody and horrific. The photos of Ukrainian troops playing checkers with Molotov cocktails perfectly illustrate the horrors of war without depicting a single drop of blood.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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