Video footage circulating on social media shows the Ukrainian army appearing to march through the streets of Kyiv in a rehearsal for an Independence Day parade, shouting “Putin is a d***head” in the video, referring to the Russian President Vladimir Putin.
A Ukrainian military officer, Anatoly Stefan Stirlitz, posted the videos on his Telegram account on Thursday. The Independence Day March in the Ukraine will take place on August 24.
“It’s just bright! Glory to Ukraine!” he wrote in the post.
It’s glorious. pic.twitter.com/q9ktSR3Efd
In the video, the soldiers appear to be chanting “Пу́тін—хуйло́,” which translates to “Putin is a d***head.”
Another social media post appears to show residents of Kyiv loudly cheering for the army as they march down Khreshchatyk street.
The phrase “Putin is a d***head” originated in the Ukraine in 2014 and was first sung by soccer fans. The chant was first performed by FC Metalist Kharkiv ultras and Shakhtar Donetsk ultras in March 2014 at the start of the Russian annexation of Crimea in Eastern Ukraine, according to Russian media reports. The phrase has since become popular among supporters of Ukrainian sovereignty.
Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 and backed an uprising the same year that left Eastern Ukraine in the hands of Russian-backed separatists, in a conflict that the Ukrainian government has said has killed 14,000 people.