A Russian tank crashed into a civilian car driven by an elderly woman and crushed it in a suburb of Kiev.
The incident, recorded from multiple angles, saw an armored personnel carrier driving down a main road leading through a residential area.
As the tank quickly approached a civilian vehicle moving in the opposite direction, it suddenly veered onto it, giving the driver no time to react.
A much larger car hit the car head-on and rolled over it, crushing it under its weight before rolling away and driving away. The car was thrown back and almost onto the tram tracks.
Reports say the driver of the car miraculously survived the shocking crash, and another video shows people working desperately to free her from the rubble.
The incident came as Russian troops closed in on the Ukrainian capital after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a full-scale invasion early Thursday morning.
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A Russian military vehicle was filmed crashing into a civilian vehicle and overturning it near the Ukrainian capital, Kiev. In the photo: the consequences of the accident, the driver is stuck inside
The incident, recorded from various angles, saw an armored truck driving down a main road leading through a residential area. As the armored personnel carrier approached the civilian vehicle, it suddenly swerved onto it, giving the driver no time to react.
In the photo: the video shows how the crushed car crashed and crushed Russian military equipment near Kiev
Using tools including an ax and a crowbar, the video shows a group of men attempting to open a door to rescue a woman trapped in a nearly destroyed car.
Several video clips of the incident were shared on social media, and those who posted them on Twitter said they were filmed in Obolon, north of Kiev.
One angle was taken from a window overlooking the street. The video, taken from a long distance, shows how the truck suddenly crashes into a passenger car.
Another view, taken from a window overlooking a multi-lane road, showed the aftermath of the crash, showing an armored personnel carrier reversing away from the vehicle.
Although the video did not capture the woman’s rescue, it was later reported that rescuers were able to pull her out of the rubble.
The pictures also show a wrecked car that was almost completely crushed by an armored truck. The windshield was flat and level with the hood, which was also crumpled. The engine was also on display.
The photographs show that the woman must have been able to lean into his seat and across the passenger seat to avoid being crushed.
Twitter users reported that the armored personnel carrier that crashed into the car turned out to be a short-range anti-aircraft missile system 9K35 Strela-10.
This was not immediately confirmed.
Reports say the driver of the car miraculously survived the shocking crash, and another video (pictured) shows people working desperately to free her from the rubble.
Rockets fired at the Ukrainian capital on Friday as Russian troops advanced and authorities in Kiev said they were preparing for an assault aimed at overthrowing the government.
Air raid sirens wailed over Kiev, a European city of three million, and some residents took refuge in underground metro stations, a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin launched an invasion that shocked the world.
Ukrainian officials said a Russian plane was shot down and crashed into a building in Kiev at night, setting it on fire and injuring eight people.
A senior Ukrainian official said that Russian troops would enter areas near the capital later on Friday and that Ukrainian forces were defending positions on four fronts despite being outnumbered.
The city council warned residents of the Obolonsky district, near the airbase captured on Thursday by Russian paratroopers, to stay at home due to “the approach of active hostilities.”
Windows were smashed out of a 10-story apartment building near Kiev’s main airport, where a two-meter-tall crater filled with rubble formed, indicating where the shell hit before dawn. The policeman said that people were injured there, but not killed.
Pictured: the wreckage of a car lies on a road near the Ukrainian capital Kiev February 25, 2022.
“How can we survive this in our time? What should we think. Putin should burn in hell along with his entire family,” said Oksana Gulenko, sweeping broken glass from her room.
Neighbor, Soviet Army veteran Anatoly Marchenko, 57, couldn’t find his cat, who ran away during the shelling.
“I know people there, they are my friends,” he said of Russia. “What do they want from me? War has come to my house.
Loud explosions were heard in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city close to the Russian border, and air raid sirens sounded over Lvov to the west, eyewitnesses said. Authorities reported heavy fighting in the eastern city of Sumy.
Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people fled the major cities.
Dozens are reported dead. Russian troops have taken over the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant north of Kiev, advancing on the city from Belarus. Ukraine stated that there is an increased level of radiation.
US officials believe Russia’s initial goal is to topple President Volodymyr Zelensky and “decapitate” his government. Zelensky said that troops were following him, but he would remain in Kiev.
Pictured, members of the Ukrainian National Guard take up positions in central Kiev, Ukraine on February 25, 2022, in anticipation of an impending Russian invasion.
A man sits outside his destroyed home after bombings in the eastern Ukrainian city of Chuguev on February 24, 2022, as Russian military forces invade Ukraine.
“(The enemy) marked me as the number one target,” Zelensky said in a video message. “My family is goal number two. They want to destroy Ukraine politically by destroying the head of state.”
Russia launched an invasion by land, air and sea on Thursday following Putin’s declaration of war in what was the largest attack on a European state since World War II.
Putin says Ukraine is an illegal state created from Russia, and Ukrainians believe this is intended to erase their more than a thousand years of history.
Putin’s full goals remain unclear. He says that he does not plan military occupation, but only the disarmament of Ukraine and the elimination of its leaders.
But it is unclear how a pro-Russian leader can be installed without holding on to most of the country. Russia did not name such a figure, and no one nominated her.
After Moscow denied for months that it was planning an invasion, the news that Putin had given the order came as a shock to Russians accustomed to seeing their 22-year-old ruler as a cautious strategist. Many Russians have friends and relatives in Ukraine.
Russia cracks down on dissent and state media relentlessly labels Ukraine as a threat, but thousands of Russians took to the streets to protest the war. Hundreds were quickly arrested.
One pop star posted a video against the war on Instagram, and the head of the Moscow State Theater resigned, saying she would not take a killer’s paycheck.