The Facebook group Don’t Give it to a Russian was launched last week and calls on Ukraine’s “female heroes” to “fight the enemy by whatever means”. In this case, denying sex to Russian men.
The campaign was named after a verse from Kateryna, a poem by Ukrainian national hero Taras Shevchenko: “Fall in love, O dark-browed maidens, but not with the Moskaly (Russians).”
Katerina Venzhik, one of the organisers and chief editor of the news website Delo.UA, told The Independent: “We’ve used this campaign to draw attention to the chaos done by the Russians in Crimea; kidnapping, limiting the rights of people, preventing journalists from doing their work… And yes, Ukrainian women prefer Ukrainian men.”
She added: “We believe that in the context of military occupation it is silly to continue to assert that all men are brothers. What Russia is doing in Ukraine is terrible, but the world sees their actions primarily through the prism of the pro-Putin propaganda.”
The sex boycott has been met with scepticism in Russia with some bloggers mocking the campaign.