I sure as heck would never want to tick them off. They have absolutely the best effective propaganda out there. Hits where it hurts. Fuck Putin!
The Russian narrative is that Ukraine no longer exists and those conscripts are, in fact, in Russia.
I don't believe that narrative any more than the Ukrainians I know. But it's tricky to navigate these falsehood as truth issues.
Get definitions down, then we can have a truthful and accurate conversation.
Somehow Putin has to be caught on tape calling it The Ukraine, still, and then bombard him with questions as to where the borders are, and who has crossed them.