The Resistance
A tweet from the National Guard of Ukraine
The hero's name?
He is Kyiv
Zelenskiy, a big presence in global pop culture
A comedian who became president
Viral videos of his ballroom skills
Calls to cast Jeremy Renner as Zelenskiy
Jeremy Renner in military gear
But seriously...
Strong explosions in the capital
The battle for Kherson
Talks of a ceasefire
Despair among people remaining in the cities
Millions of refugees
A historical exodus
Destination: Poland
An uncertain future
Ukrainian president Zelenskiy becomes a character from 'Money Heist'
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The Resistance

The famous Netflix series 'Money Heist' ('Casa de Papel') has made its way into the Ukrainian war theater. The invaded country's national guard shared a tweet in which its president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has become another hero of 'The Resistance', a nickname by which the protagonists of the series are popularly known.

Ukrainian president Zelenskiy becomes a character from 'Money Heist'
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A tweet from the National Guard of Ukraine

Here is "our hero," the National Guard of Ukraine tweeted, while adding president Zelenskiy to a series of photos from 'Money Heist:' Palermo (Rodrigo de la Serna), Tokio (Úrsula Corberó) and Helsinki (Darko Peric).

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The hero's name?

Of course, Zelenskiy got his own name in typical 'Money Heist' style: Kyiv. In the Netflix series, each member of the gang of bank robbers has the name of a big city.

Ukrainian president Zelenskiy becomes a character from 'Money Heist'
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He is Kyiv

Of course, Zelenskiy is Kyiv, the name of the Ukrainian capital and a symbol of resistance to the Russian invasion.

Ukrainian president Zelenskiy becomes a character from 'Money Heist'
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Zelenskiy, a big presence in global pop culture

On social media, people declared their love to the Ukrainian president, a young man with a wife and two children, or they have expressed their admiration for him as a military leader, always appearing in the army green.

Ukrainian president Zelenskiy becomes a character from 'Money Heist'
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A comedian who became president

Zelenskiy has long been famous in Ukraine and neighboring countries as a comedian and actor. He knows his way around a camera and he has a sense of humor.

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Viral videos of his ballroom skills

His participation (and victory!) in the Ukrainian version of 'Dancing with the Stars' / 'Strictly Come Dancing' has sparked calls for 'Zelensky, the Musical' along with the Zelenskiy action movies. Videos of Zelenskiy dancing waltzes, paso dobles and quicksteps like a pro had circulated the web for days.

Ukrainian president Zelenskiy becomes a character from 'Money Heist'
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Calls to cast Jeremy Renner as Zelenskiy

Commentators are saying that, when the first Hollywood movies are made about the war in Ukraine, Zelenskiy should be played by actor Jeremy Renner. Many agree that they look much alike.

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Jeremy Renner in military gear

Renner became famous for his role in the Oscar-winning movie about the Iraq war, 'The Hurt Locker'. He played military men and secret agents in several other occasions, such as 'The Bourne Legacy' and 'Hawkeye.'

Ukrainian president Zelenskiy becomes a character from 'Money Heist'
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But seriously...

The television and Hollywood references come as small efforts of comic relief in a war that is shocking people all over the world.

Ukrainian president Zelenskiy becomes a character from 'Money Heist'
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Strong explosions in the capital

More than a week after Ukraine was invaded by Russian troops, its capital Kyiv continues to resist but it - along with other cities - is under severe attack. On March 3, bombardments damaged the city's pipelines, leaving much of the Kyiv's population without heating.

Ukrainian president Zelenskiy becomes a character from 'Money Heist'
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The battle for Kherson

On the other hand, Russian troops have entered the city of Kherson, one of the strategic areas in this conflict.

Ukrainian president Zelenskiy becomes a character from 'Money Heist'
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Talks of a ceasefire

And while the bombs continue to fall in Ukraine, members of the Russian and Ukrainian governments are meeting to try and negotiate a ceasefire.

Ukrainian president Zelenskiy becomes a character from 'Money Heist'
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Despair among people remaining in the cities

Such a break in the aggression would be vital for the besieged Ukrainian population.

Ukrainian president Zelenskiy becomes a character from 'Money Heist'
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Millions of refugees

According to The UN refugee agency Acnur, one million Ukrainians fled the country in only seven days.

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A historical exodus

Acnur, "estimates at four million people who could flee the country due to the Russian offensive." Media like 'El País' in Spain argue that the Ukrainian exodus is "on the way to being the largest in Europe since the Second World War."

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Destination: Poland

Thousands refugees, mostly women and children, have crossed the country's border with Poland, seeking shelter there.

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An uncertain future

The rest is distributed among countries such as Hungary, Moldova, Slovakia, Romania and Russia. In those neighboring countries they await a ceasefire that, each time, seems further away.

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