Shocking footage from Kyiv shows Russian APC CRUSH oncoming car driven by elderly man
A shocking video has captured the terrifying moment a rampaging tank ran over a car, crushing it completely, before reversing over it again in Kyiv.
The stunning footage surfaced as multiple clashes have been reported on the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital during the Russian invasion by Vladimir Putin. The video is understood to have been recorded in the Obolon district, which is five miles from the city center. It shows the armored vehicle -- believed to be a Strela-10 anti-aircraft vehicle used by both the Russian and Ukrainian armies -- moving erratically through the streets of Kyiv and apparently being driven by pro-Russian "saboteurs" who stole a military truck before they were killed by soldiers, The Sun reported.
Onlookers took videos of the vehicle moving through the streets as it drove over pavements and appeared to lose control at one point. The rampage climaxed when the tank drove into a dark-colored sedan next to a tram track, before reversing over the car once again. While footage as to what happened to the tank later is missing, further videos and photos showed civilians rushing to the driver's aid. The elderly man driving the sedan miraculously survived the ordeal as passers-by tried to free him using an ax.
Russian tank drives over and crushes car driven by elderly Ukrainian citizen... and he survives.pic.twitter.com/drurV3qOGV— talkRADIO (@talkRADIO) February 25, 2022
58-year-old Viktor Berbash, who lives nearby, recalled how he ran out to his balcony after hearing multiple shots fired Friday morning, February 25. "I saw an armored vehicle and there was an automatic fire. And here this car, with probably an anti-aircraft gun on it, was already here," Berbash said. "Two armored vehicles were driving along the road, and the second of them deliberately drove into the oncoming lane. It was not by chance, it was for fun, there was no need for this. And it just ran into this car. Stopped, reversed over it again, and drove on," he added. According to the Ukrainian ministry of defense, the clash had been provoked by "an enemy sabotage and reconnaissance group." Kyiv officials said the "enemy" is in Obolon after multiple reports of Russian soldiers reportedly stealing Ukrainian uniforms and vehicles before heading to the capital.
While the bulk of Russian soldiers is still stationed at least 20 miles from the city at the time of publication, the first skirmishes have already begun. Citizens have taken up arms, made Molotov cocktail firebombs, and are reportedly using commercial drones to defend their property. Officials have handed out more than 18,000 assault rifles to residents and general mobilization has been ordered to protect their homes. There are reports of civilians carrying AK-47s in the city center. Meanwhile, some pictures showed a Ukrainian military truck and dead men wearing Ukrainian military uniforms who were allegedly actually Russians in disguise.
VIDEO: Russian 'sabotage groups' in Kyiv, says Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.— AFP News Agency (@AFP) February 25, 2022
"The enemy's sabotage groups have entered Kyiv," says Zelensky, urging residents to be vigilant and observe curfew rules
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President Volodymyr Zelensky, who is currently hiding in a secret bunker to carry out his duties, previously warned about the threat posed by "subversive groups" in the city when he addressed the nation early Friday. There are growing fears that Russian special forces may be trying to sow chaos and take out key government officials to pave the way for a full-scale invasion. Other attackers have been described as Russian "saboteurs" or "sleeper cells" who are loyal to Putin and were activated once the attacks began. Zelensky told the nation that he couldn't reveal his location as he is "target number one" for Russian assassins.