‘Need a tow back to Russia?’ Ukrainians taunt soldiers after their tank runs out of fuel on its way to Kyiv

This is the moment a Ukrainian driver mockingly asks invaders if they need a ‘tow back to Russia’ after spotting their tank had broken down on a road en route to Kyiv.  

The clip, shared widely across social media, appears to show an encounter between a group of Ukrainians and Russians who are said to be stranded at the side of a road outside of the Ukrainian capital.

The footage begins with the driver slowing down to a stop as he approaches the Russian tank, which has ‘broken down’ on the side of the road and waiting for diesel.

The Ukrainian motorist rolls down his window before jokingly offering to tow the troops back to Russia, prompting roars of laughter from all involved.

Hundreds of people, including Ukrainian former journalist Victor Kovalenko, took to Twitter to share a translation of the humorous exchange.

Fighting has raged on in and around major Ukrainian cities for a third consecutive day, as Kyiv’s defence ministry has so far put Russia’s losses at around 2,800 troops, 80 tanks, 516 armoured vehicles, and 10 airplanes and seven helicopters.

Intelligence experts have predicted Vladimir Putin’s £15bn-a-day war with Ukraine is no longer going to plan due to Kremlin ‘overconfidence’, poor tactical planning, and ‘shock’ at the fierce resistance put up by brave Ukrainians fighting for national survival.  

The viral clip appears to show an encounter between a Ukrainian motorist and Russian soldiers who are said to be stranded at the side of a road after their tank ‘broke down’ outside the capitalThe Ukrainian motorist rolls down his window before jokingly offering to tow the troops back to Russia, prompting roars of laughter from all involved

The Ukrainian motorist rolls down his window before jokingly offering to tow the troops back to Russia, prompting roars of laughter from all involvedHundreds of people, including Ukrainian former journalist Victor Kovalenko, took to Twitter (above) to share a translation of the humorous exchange

In the viral footage, the Russian troops are standing next to a tank which appears to have stopped on the side of the road.

As the driver approaches, he rolls down his window to check if they have broken down as the Russian troops reply and say they are ‘waiting for diesel’.

The quick-thinking motorist then mockingly asks: ‘Do you need a tow back to Russia?’, before there’s a loud outburst of laughter from the soldiers.

The Ukranian continues and asks: ‘Where are you headed? Do you know?’, which the Russians apparently reply and say they do not.

‘You’re heading to Kyiv. No one knows where they are or where they’re going,’ the driver says, before adding: ‘So far our side is doing better, your guys surrender well.’

Russian troops are now attempting to encircle Kyiv and are meeting stiff resistance. Top Russian targets likely include the Presidential Palace at the heart of the city, and one of the remaining airports after Antonov Airport's runways were intentionally destroyed

Russian troops are now attempting to encircle Kyiv and are meeting stiff resistance. Top Russian targets likely include the Presidential Palace at the heart of the city, and one of the remaining airports after Antonov Airport’s runways were intentionally destroyedUkrainian soldiers take positions outside a military facility as two cars burn, in a street in Kyiv, Ukraine on Saturday. Russian troops stormed toward Ukraine's capital Saturday, and street fighting broke out

The video marks the latest in a series of humiliating encounters for the Russian army as Ukraine continues its heroic stand against the invading force.  

The Kremlin is understood to have been surprised at the strength of Ukraine’s resistance, with Putin reportedly calling an urgent meeting with his inner circle to complain that the invasion was no longer going to plan. 

The Russian army has now been ordered to broaden its advance ‘from all directions’, after senior US defence officials claimed Russia is facing more resistance than Moscow anticipated in its invasion of Ukraine, including in its advance on Kyiv, and appears to have lost some of its momentum.

Estonia’s former defence chief Riho Terras has now claimed that Putin’s war is not going to plan because Russia is fast running out of money and weapons, and will have to enter negotiations with Volodymyr Zelensky’s government if Kyiv holds off the Russians for 10 days

Estonia’s former defence chief Riho Terras has now claimed that Putin’s war is not going to plan because Russia is fast running out of money and weapons, and will have to enter negotiations with Volodymyr Zelensky’s government if Kyiv holds off the Russians for 10 days

Citing Ukrainian intelligence sources, Terras claimed that the war is costing Russia around £15billion-per-day, and that they have rockets for three to four days at most, which they are using sparingly.

He claimed that Putin’s plan has relied on panicking the country, firing missiles at residential buildings ‘at random’ to ‘intimidate’ the Ukrainians, trigger mass army desertions, national surrender, and Zelensky’s flight from the country. 

 Terras also alleged that Russian special operations have been near Kyiv since February 18, and had planned to swiftly seize the capital and install a puppet regime.   

‘The Russians are in shock of the fierce resistance they have encountered. The Ukrainians must avoid panic! … Ukraine must stay strong and we must provide assistance!’, he wrote on Twitter.

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