“Take these seeds and put them in your pockets, so at least sunflowers will grow when you all lie down here,” she continued.
After he told her not to "escalate" the situation she tried to get him to accept the seeds again and said: "From this moment, you are cursed. I'm telling you."
The video was shared online by Internews Ukraine, an independent media charity based in Kiev, and duly went viral and has received 3.7 million views at the time of writing. Reacting to the footage, people praised the woman for her courage:
What an absolute badass https://twitter.com/ukraine_world/status/1496866811110834176\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/U0mSCNtKjI
This is very powerful.\n\nShe tells the Russian soldiers to put sunflower seeds in their pockets so that flowers would grow when they die on the Ukrainian land.\n\nSunflowers are Ukraine's national flower, representing the power and warmth of the sun.https://twitter.com/ukraine_world/status/1496866811110834176\u00a0\u2026