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Ukrainians Will Write Your Message on Munitions Aimed at Russians for Donations

A Ukrainian Telegram account is offering to write a message of your choice on artillery shells that will then be fired at Russian in exchange for $40 per message. The account claims that the funds it raises will go towards arming Ukrainian soldiers.

The account, artillery_text, advertised its services via another Telegram account dedicated to sharing footage from the war. “You have a chance to kill orcs with your text on 152 mm artillery shell that will be fired at Russian soldiers,” the post said. “Orcs” is a derogatory term Ukrainians use for Russians. “You will receive photo with your signed grenade.”

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Image via Telegram.

According to the telegram advertisement, “all donations will be spent on equipment for our soldiers.” The price for a special message on a shell is $40. There’s a discount if you buy two. That’s $70. “Soldiers at the front will write your text with indelible marker on the whole side of a 152 mm artillery shell,” the Telegram post said. “And then fire at Russians. You can ask to write any text: wish someone a happy birthday/ death in pain, propose marriage, name, Instagram/ telegram username.”

The Telegram post lists out a PayPal, Venmo, and a Revolut handle as well as a bank account number for wire transfers. artillery_text asks that clients take a screenshot of the donation and send it along, either via Telegram or email. In anywhere from a few days to a few minutes, the account will reply with a picture of the 152 mm message written on a shell.

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Image via Telegram

The post also shared several photos of some of the shells that have already been ordered. In the replies of the initial post, several people showed off the messages they purchased and claimed the service was legitimate. One showed the line “all pigs must die,” a phrase that also appeared in the user’s bio. 

“Yeah it’s a real thing,” the customer told Motherboard. “If you donate you can get your message on an artillery shell. The fundraiser has a few different options for artillery type, and the donation request amount varies based on the difficulty of getting your message to the battalion. I donated $40, which was $10 over what they were asking. It took about 3 weeks to get a reply with a picture of my message.”

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Image via Telegram.

In a separate thread, the same account is offering a limited time deal on messages written on surface-to-air missiles that will be fired from a Buk missile system. The asking price for that is $400. “Your sign will be written with a spray on the WHOLE rocket,” the ad said. “You will get a picture of a rocket with your sign.”

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Image via Telegram.

A satisfied customer sounded off in the replies to the Buk advertisement. “My kid thought it’d be funny to put a hand grenade in a McMuffin wrapper to throw at someone,” the customer said below a picture of a 125mm tank round with the word McMuffin written on it. “The idea is slightly modified, but this surprise made him super happy. For anyone wondering, these guys are legit.”

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