A Ukrainian mother and daughter army duo going viral for "fighting Russian orcs" are actually Russian themselves, and one of them is a well-known Instagrammer.
Yesterday (April 29), a photo of a blonde lady posing with a younger brunette as both clutched huge guns went viral on Twitter, with many people leaping to support the duo.
The smiling pair were apparently a mother and daughter duo who were "fighting to protect their homeland from invading Russian orcs", according to one viral tweet.
However, it has since transpired that the tweet – which had almost 60k likes at the time of writing – is inaccurate.
In fact, not only are the women not defending their "homeland", but they are Russian.
The younger woman, purportedly the daughter, is Elena Deligioz a well-known Russian Instagrammer who often posts airsoft content.
The 26-year-old is often mistaken for a Russian soldier because of the soldier-like uniform she wears for airsoft, a team game in which participants eliminate opposing players by tagging them out of play with plastic bullets shot with mock air weapons.
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Her TikTok account shows that the still shared on social media is a grab from a video of hers from February last year.
The guns may actually be real, as it appears she and the other woman are at a shooting range.
People did raise concerns about the tweet, with one person saying the women's "hair and make up look way too perfect to be in a war zone".
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Another said: "Looked staged – their hair was too perfect for war."
"It's a Russian girl doing cosplay with airsoft… This kind of propaganda is not doing anything good for Ukraine… It's the opposite," said a third person.
The author of the viral tweet is Tanya Chalupa, an author born in Germany whose parents are from the former Soviet Union. She has yet to delete the tweet.
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