Russian soldiers are swiping for Tinder dates with Ukrainians in between fighting them for control of the country.
Women in the city of Kharkiv - close to the border with Russia - said they were surprised to see a number of foreign soldiers pop up on their Tinder feed in the middle of an invasion.
One Ukrainian, Dasha Synelnikova, told The Sun:
“I actually live in Kyiv but changed my location settings to Kharkiv after a friend told me there were Russian troops all over Tinder,” Ms Synelnikova said.
“And I couldn’t believe my eyes when they popped up trying to look tough and cool.
“One muscular guy posed up trying to look sexy in bed posing with his pistol.
“Another was in full Russian combat gear and others just showed off in tight stripy vests.
“I didn’t find any of them attractive and would never consider sleeping with the enemy.
“It was funny but scary at the same time, knowing that they were so close.”
Love and war
Despite Ms Synelnikova’s shock, historically war has never put an end to sex - even between enemies.
During the Vietnamese War, thousands of women had relationships with US troops and many gave birth to mixed race children. Tragically, many were abandoned in orphanages and dismissed as ‘Children of the Dust’ - because they were considered as inconsequential as ‘dust’.
After the Liberation of France in 1944, women accused of dating Nazi soldiers had their heads shaved bald in humiliating public ceremonies whilst their neighbours jeered at them.
While in Northern Ireland, many women found lasting love with US soldiers based in the province during the Second World War. Americans were paid higher wages than their British counterparts and there was an air of glamour to them that local lads often struggled to compete with. After the defeat of Nazi Germany, an estimated 2,000 Ulster women married GIs and left to start new lives with them in the United States.
Main image: Illustration of the Tinder online dating app. Picture by Robin Utrecht/ABACAPRESS.COM