The names of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and former Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani have been circulating on social media platforms for the last 24 hours, one as a symbol of bravery and loyalty, while the other is being sneered at for his unannounced escape and cowardice.

Volodymyr Zlensky has rejected US’s evacuation offer and has remained resilient and is fighting the Russian forces back since Thursday.

Emma Graham-Harrison, a western journalist who writes for Guardian has compared Zelensky and Ashraf Ghani’s situation while their capitals were surrounded.

At this moment when the Ukrainian capital is surrounded, the president has refused to leave, I can’t help but think of the contrast with another president 6 months ago, in a surrounded capital, Emma tweeted.

Afghanistan’s Ashraf Ghani abandoned Kabul and its people to the Taliban, she said.

Since birth, we have been told of the 5,000 glorious history of #AFG, full of bravery, devotion & so on. In my 30s, I am afraid to confess most of those illusions have been fictional, so have been its hollow characters. Bravery doesn’t require fake fiction.

Tahir Qadiry, former Afghan Ambassador to Poland has tweeted in response to Emma Graham-Harrison.
Photoshopped pictures of former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Vice President Amrullah Saleh

On the other hand, some have photoshopped pictures of former Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and his vice President Amrullah Saleh in Ukrainian military uniforms, captioning they have joined Ukrainian forces to fight back Russia.

This comes as Russia launched a full-scale military attack on Ukraine on Thursday to overthrow its leadership and administration. The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced he will remain in the capital despite understanding he and his family members are the main targets.


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