HAPPINESS Ukrainians took to a Russian tank for fun while farmers set fire to an £11m rocket launcher as resistance to Vladimir Putin’s army continued strong.
The victorious villagers from the besieged town of Kharkiv flaunted their latest find and vowed to use it against their Russian invaders.
Meanwhile, footage shows an enemy rocket launcher in flames.
The £11m military kit – painted with the Russian Z symbol – was dropped by farmers in an empty field in a moment of defiance.
The brave man who caught the car said Russian soldiers fled like “rats”.
The video was shot near the southern city of Bashtanka Ukrainians Mykolaiv Oblast region on March 1.
Boris Filatov, 49, the mayor of Dnipro, shared pictures of the Pantsir-C missile system on fire on social media, claiming that farmers had captured and destroyed the vehicle.
Filatov said: “I usually can’t stand the sight of victory, swinging swords and throwing hats. War is excruciatingly painful, but these people (peasants) cannot be defeated.
“Today, collective farmers from Bashtanka, without realizing it, have taken away and burned the newest Pantsir-C system worth $15 million (£11.3 million).
“The ‘winners’ (the Russians) ran through the Ukrainian fields like rats.”
The Pantsir missile system is a group of medium-range air defense and missile systems manufactured in Tula, Russia.
The surface-to-air missile system is designed to counter warplanes, helicopters, UAVs and precision missiles as well as protect units from aerial attack.
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Ukraine’s defenders also stumbled upon what was believed to be a vacuum bomb launcher.
The Russian TOS-1A thermobaric MRLS aircraft was found in good condition and fully loaded, according to a Weapon tracking expert.
A video has emerged of captured Russian soldiers crying as they claim they don’t know what will happen.
The intercepted radio messages showed that the army was disobeying orders from Moscow to besiege Ukrainian towns, and complaining about running out of food and fuel.
The recordings, obtained by British intelligence firm ShadowBreak, include a soldier sounding as if he were crying.
In another recording, a soldier loses his cool as he asks when food or fuel will arrive.
“We’ve been here three days! When will it be ready?” he shouted, as reported in walkie talkie.
The third recording features a tense exchange in which the same soldier refuses to use artillery on an area until the civilians leave.
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Some of the messages are “evidence of war crimes” as they reveal that the Kremlin has ordered the Russian military to fire missiles at urban areas, ShadowBreak founder Samuel Cardillo claims.
Separate videos are said to show the frustrated Russian army retreating, while one soldier is said to have texted his mother: “The only thing I want right now is to kill myself.”
A senior US defense official told reporters on Tuesday that Russia’s forces were facing major problems after Putin’s hopes of a quick takeover of Kyiv were dashed. .
Some units were reported to be running out of food and fuel, while some soldiers were very inexperienced, and didn’t even know they were being sent into combat.
One US official told soldiers desperate to avoid combat even “deliberately punched holes” in the gas tanks of their vehicles. New York Times.
Some unverified videos and photos on social media show expensive Russian military vehicles abandoned by the military, often already fully loaded with fuel.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17820692/ukrainians-take-russian-tank-for-a-joyride/ Cheerful Ukrainians use Russian TANKs to join in the fun and farmers set fire to £11m rocket launchers as protest still runs strong