On Wednesday, the Ukrainian military posted on social media a reference to the work of George RR Martin, the author behind the TV series “Game of Thrones”.
“A Song of Ice and Fire”, Ministry of Defense of Ukraine (MOD) he tweeted along with a video of a tank firing a cannon.
The Expression is the title of Martin’s ongoing series of fantasy novels, which HBO has adapted into a television drama spanning eight seasons.
Twitter users reacted to the post with jokes and references from the novels and the show.
“Winter is coming… Russia, get out of Ukraine as soon as you can,” one person responded to MOD’s tweet.
The phrase “winter is coming” has become a warning of bad or dangerous events in the future.
“Ukraine remembers,” another person wrote, a variation on “The North remembers,” another popular saying used in the world of Martin’s novels.
The Ministry of Defense, which published this news on the same day, also quoted former President Abraham Lincoln in its report on Russian losses.
“Give me six hours to cut down a tree, and I’ll spend the first four sharpening the axe,” he said. tweet Since Russia invaded Ukraine at the end of February, 85,410 soldiers have been lost.
Although the quote is attributed to Lincoln, according to Quote Investigator, there is no solid evidence that he made such a point.
The first example that fit the general template of the word appeared in a 1956 volume on agricultural education, but it was attributed to an anonymous forester, the website found.
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry also quoted comedian Dave Chappelle in an earlier casualty report.
“Ukrainians are much better fighters than we thought. I mean, these guys. They killed 10,000 Russians in the first week of the war… And that was before we sent them weapons,” the post reads.
The comments were part of Chappelle’s 15-minute opening monologue on the Nov. 12 episode of “Saturday Night Live,” which addressed the war in Ukraine.
In another post from September, the Ministry of Defense compared the Ukrainian army to the video game character Mario.