A TikTok screenshot of Anatoly Stefan, aka @Alexhook2302, riding motorbike to AC/DC. (Picture: TikTok / @Alexhook2302).
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Thunderstruck: Ukrainian soldier rocks to AC/DC following Nirvana video to troll Russia

Anatoly Stefan, aka @Alexhook2302, rides motorbike across battlefield to AC/DC.

A TikTok screenshot of Anatoly Stefan, aka @Alexhook2302, riding motorbike to AC/DC. (Picture: TikTok / @Alexhook2302).

A Ukrainian army officer who was thought to have trolled Russia by dancing with comrades to Nirvana in a post on social media has now posted a video in which he rides a motorbike daringly across a battlefield to the sound of AC/DC’s Thunderstruck.

Anatoly Stefan, an officer of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who posts on TikTok as @Alexhook2302, posted the video along with several new posts by him on social media, in which he is filmed from another moving vehicle as he rides a motorbike to the AC/DC soundtrack, the lead single from the band’s 1990 album The Razors Edge, which also featured in Marvel’s Iron Man 2 superhero movie.

He is seen riding across open countryside before lining up alongside the camera and pulling down his face mask in a video that has received more than 300,000 views on the social media platform since it was posted a few days ago.

In another recent TikTok video, he is more sombre as he stands in front of the camera to address his 4.3 million followers, telling them: "The days are getting harder and more difficult every day, both for civilians and the army.

"It is difficult for everyone right now, for the civilians as well as the military, but it is the military that protects us, that fights for our homeland.

"Glory to Ukraine, glory to the heroes."

The Ukrainian army officer has become a global social media star since he started performing TikTok dance routines in his military fatigues from the Ukrainian battlefield, following the invasion of his country by Russia, and has built up a following of millions of fans.

He is often seen dancing on the battlefield by himself or with comrades in videos that have become a viral phenomenon, with most of his videos receiving hundreds of thousands of views and some of the most popular amassing more than 50 million views.

One post in particular, in which he and four other soldiers are filmed dancing to Nirvana’s most famous song Smells Like Teen Spirit, was watched more than 61 million times after it was posted on TikTok and Twitter, with many online viewers suggesting the video was posted to troll Russian troops as the Ukrainians rocked out to the lyrics: "Here we are now, entertain us."

Anatoly, however, is said to have started posting the videos on TikTok and other social media platforms as a way of keeping in contact with his daughters and family and to let them know he is still alive, during the intense fighting of the conflict with Russia.

He had posted on social media for a long time prior to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but most of his earlier videos showed him playing pranks on friends or carrying out his military training.

Now, the videos are being taken as a powerful form of promotion for the Ukrainian forces, with most of his posts accompanied by the words 'Glory to Ukraine' or other messages of support for his comrades. Some of his videos are being taken by many as taunts to the Russian forces.

The videos of him dancing with comrades, or alone, have earned him more than 4.3 million followers on TikTok and almost 60,000 on Twitter.

In his most recent post, posted on April 20, he is seen dancing to Michael Jackson's They Don't Care About Us, as he performs a TikTok-style dance to the lyrics: "Beat me, bash me, you can never trash me, hit me, kick me, you can never get me," and the song's chorus, "All I wanna say is that they don't really care about us."