A group of Ukrainian men allegedly took a captured Russian tank for a joyride through snow-covered fields this week while others set fire to the vehicles or hauled them away using tractors, according to video clips shared online in recent days.
In the first video clip — which has now gone viral online — a group of men are seen cheering and laughing as they ride atop a T-80BVM armored battle tank in a field in Kharkiv, Ukraine, the Daily Mail reported.
The man filming the scene on his cellphone reportedly shouts, “We did it!” and “Glory to Ukraine!” while his compatriots laugh and yell along with him.
The video, purportedly first uploaded to Telegram, has since been shared online by several different social media accounts, including a Twitter account operated by Barstool Sports called “Zero Blog Thirty.”
It wasn’t immediately clear how the men commandeered the vehicle, however, reports of Russian troops abandoning tanks and other weaponry amid fighting in Ukraine have become widespread.
Newsweek reported Tuesday that a barrage of recent social media posts show Russian forces within the occupied country leaving military vehicles behind and fleeing combat.
Open-source intelligence monitor, OSINT Defender, tweeted a video earlier this week reporting that Russian troops fled a depot in the Sumy region, “leaving behind BMPs, BTR-80s, MT-LBs and Infantry Transport Vehicles.”
Other abandoned vehicles reportedly included “a 152mm Msta-S self-propelled howitzer, 1V13 command vehicle, T-80U tank, and logistical trucks,” according to the Twitter account, “Ukraine Weapons Tracker.”
Belarusian media outlet, NEXTA, posted a video on Thursday purportedly showing a line of Russian tanks being set ablaze near Nikolaev, now known as Mykolaiv.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian farmers have gained some notoriety on social media for allegedly hauling away abandoned Russian tanks using tractors, according to a report from British magazine, Farmers Weekly.
In one video, a tank is pulled down a street as someone chases after it.
The magazine quoted an anonymous source who said, “A Russian solider got lost and got out of his armored personal carrier. He wandered off and the farmer came and took the tractor. The armored personnel carrier had been left unattended, so the farmer decided to nick it.”
In a separate video, an alleged Ukrainian farmer appears to tow away another Russian vehicle as bystanders wave and cheer.
TheBlaze cannot independently verify the accuracy of the videos included in this report.
Ukraine claims that nearly 6,000 Russian soldiers have been killed and hundreds captured since the start of the conflict as Russian forces continue to surround Ukrainian cities and shell them with rocket fire in an effort to overthrow the government.
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