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Cartoon of Ukrainian Tractor Towing Russian Tank Makes Fun of Invasion

A Ukrainian cartoon of a blue tractor towing a Russian tank has gone viral on Twitter. Here, smoke rises from a Russian tank destroyed by Ukrainian forces on the side of a road in Lugansk region on February 26, 2022. ANATOLII STEPANOV / CONTRIBUTOR/AFP
A Ukrainian cartoon of a blue tractor towing a Russian tank has gone viral on Twitter. Here, smoke rises from a Russian tank destroyed by Ukrainian forces on the side of a road in Lugansk region on February 26, 2022. ANATOLII STEPANOV / CONTRIBUTOR/AFP

A Ukrainian cartoon of a blue tractor towing a Russian tank has gone viral on Twitter, mocking the Russian invasion that has continued for far longer than either Russian President Vladimir Putin or most military analysts anticipated.

The animated clip first appeared on a Ukrainian TikTok account, posted by @paola_zandar. The clip was later shared to Twitter by Marcus Moody (@_MJMoody_) on March 26 and has since racked up more than 765,000 views.

In the video, a grinning blue tractor that appears to represent Ukraine drags along a Russian tank, identifiable by the “Z” that has been emblazoned across the country’s military vehicles, while cheerily singing in Russian. At one point, a sheep pops its head out of the tank and joins the song with its “baa.”

The clip is a slightly altered version of a Russian children’s song called “Blue Tractor,” according to Euronews, in which different tractors pull a wagon with an unknown animal inside and ask the child viewer to guess the animal by its sound.

The Russian lyrics are the same in both versions, with the tractor singing, “Come on, try and guess, who is, who is, who is, who is singing the song.”

The sheep that pokes out in the Ukrainian parody could be a dig at Russian soldiers blindly following the orders of their president.

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