He knew they were going to torture him, so he chose to die and take the enemy out.
I grew up on such stories about WWII. We learned them in school, we saw them in countless movies, we read mountains of books about them. In my worst nightmares did I expect that in 2022 Ukrainians would have to repeat the heroic actions of their great-grandparents. Even less did I expect that the Russians would play the role of the Nazi invaders in this version of the story. They heard the same stories and watched the same movies. Who could have thought they’d learn absolutely nothing from them?