THIS is the incredible moment a defiant Ukrainian man casually got rid of an anti-tank mine with his bare hands – while puffing on a cigarette.
As Vladimir Putin’s invasion continues to rock the country, the unnamed man was caught on camera appearing to risk his life as he moved the explosive device.Footage shows the man calmly move the land mine[/caption] He moved the device while puffing on a cigarette[/caption]
It’s reported the fearless man – donning a black puffer coat and jeans -found the land mine by a roadside in Berdyansk before calmly moving it into a forest.
Footage shows the civilian carrying the explosive device across a road away from a bridge as he smokes a cigarette.
In another show of strength, hundreds of brave Ukrainians forced Russian tanks to grind to a halt by blocking a road on foot.
A chilling clip, thought to have been shot in Koryukiva, just miles from Ukraine’s border with Russia, shows hoards of locals standing up to a convoy of tanks.
It comes as Kyiv and Moscow are set to enter peace talks, with diplomats set to meet at the Belarus border “without preconditions”.
Ukraine’s foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba said the talks were called following a conversation between President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko after it was feared Belarus was preparing its troops to join Moscow’s invasion.
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Zelenskyy had earlier refused to negotiate in Belarus, but according to Kuleba, Lukashenko told him there would be “no such move” as long as the planned talks go ahead.
The scheduled talks come despite Putin putting his nuclear forces on high alert just after warning the West “may face the greatest consequences in history”.
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The Russian tyrant is said to be “furious” he’s not been able to subdue Ukraine and lashed out at NATO for its “unfriendly measures” he says forced him into the chilling nuclear gamble.
The move means Putin has ordered the world’s largest stockpile of nuclear warheads prepared for launched readiness – raising the terrifying possibility the crisis and a miscalculation could spill over into nuclear war.
In an address on state TV, Putin claimed aggressive statements by NATO leaders and economic sanctions against Moscow have forced his hand.
He said “not only do Western countries take unfriendly measures” such as “illegal sanctions” but “top officials of leading NATO countries allow themselves to make aggressive statements with regards to our country”.
Putin said he has now ordered his military command to put Russia’s deterrence forces – a reference to units which include nuclear arms – on high alert.
On the fourth day of the invasion, hero Ukrainian troops and civilians are scrambling to beat off the Russian invaders.
Shells have rained down across Ukraine following the invasion – as the battle for the capital, Kyiv, rumbles on.
The city awoke to more air raid sirens after missile attacks that turned the sky orange during what Zelenskyy said was a “brutal” night.
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- Ukrainian troops have destroyed a convoy of Russian special forces made up of Chechen fighters
- Fierce fighting has been taking place in Kharkiv where Ukrainian commanders say they are in “full control”
- A blitz from Russian forces to hold a crucial road junction five miles west of Kyiv city centre was beaten off
- Soldiers thought to have been killed after telling Russians to “go f**k yourselves” may still be alive
- Missiles rained down on the country in the fourth night of war
- Western allies agreed to boot Russian banks out of the Swift system
- Roman Abramovich gave up control of Chelsea football club
- Freedom fighters from around the world were invited to join Ukraine’s army today and take on Putin’s troops.
- A former Miss Ukraine “has taken up arms” to fight against the Russian invasion
And Ukrainian forces are battling the Russian invaders on the streets of Kharkiv and remain in “full control”, local commanders say.
The Ukrainian government says it has killed 3,500 Russian soldiers, while there have been 240 civilian deaths on its side.
Earlier terrified civilians were urged to take cover in subways and basements as darkness fell on Saturday night.
Residents were warned the burning depot was emitting smoke and poisonous fumes and were told to keep their windows shut and to take cover.
Russian missiles also hit a nuclear waste disposal site on the outskirts of Kyiv, the Ukrainian State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine has confirmed.
There were widespread fears that the Russian army would step up its efforts to seize Kyiv this weekend, targeting commercial businesses in a bid to destroy Ukrainians’ morale.
A city-wide curfew is being enforced in the capital while authorities hunt down “sabotage and reconnaissance groups,” Kyiv’s mayor said.
And tonight, Boris Johnson described Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as “a disastrous, misbegotten venture by President Putin” which “can lead to no good” for Russia.
The PM told the Ukrainian Cathedral of the Holy Family that he holds “no hostility” to the Russian people but there is “no possible excuse” for its leadership to choose to invade Ukraine.
He insisted the UK will be “very generous” over Ukrainian refugees coming to Britain, with a system that lets people enter the country when they are in fear of persecution, to reunite with family or “other purposes”.
But Vitali Klitschko has tonight denied Kyiv is “encircled” by the Russians – as he ordered Putin’s troops to “go home”.
As Russian troops inch closer to the Ukraine capital, the city’s mayor defiantly told the soldiers “there is nothing to find here in our home”.Smoke billows over the town of Vasylkiv just outside Kyiv after overnight Russian strikes[/caption] A military convoy of armed forces in Luhansk region, Ukraine[/caption]
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