As they attempt to fend off Russian forces, Ukrainian's are finding determination and resolve with the help of a 1984 song by an American rock band.
With lyrics such, "You don't know us, you don't belong," Twisted Sister's classic "We're Not Gonna Take It" is being used as an unofficial battle cry in the under-attack European country. And, Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider loves every bit of it.
"I absolutely approve of Ukrainians using 'We're Not Gonna Take It' as their battlecry. My grandfather was Ukrainian, before it was swallowed up by the USSR after WW2. This can't happen to these people again!" Dee tweeted over the weekend.
Shortly after Dee tweeted his approval, a fan found an old picture of him wearing a pin that read, "Russia Sucks."
"Holy Crap! I'm I actually wearing that pin in what looks like about 1978?! (My Ukrainian grandpa would have been so proud!)," he responded.
Dee's distaste for Russian President Vladimir Putin has been well documented on his social media of late, as he's chastised the leader for the unprovoked invasion. Some of the singer's followers felt he was hypocritical for loving the Ukrainian's use of the song as rallying cry, noting he was less welcoming last year as anti-maskers tied their cause to the rock anthem during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"People are asking me why I endorsed the use of "We're Not Gonna Take It" for the Ukrainian people and did not for the anti-maskers," he tweeted. "Well, one use is for a righteous battle against oppression; the other is a infantile feet stomping against an inconvenience."