Video Shows Strela Tank Crushing Civilian Car in Kyiv With Driver Still Inside

By Lorenz Duchamps
Lorenz Duchamps
Lorenz Duchamps
Lorenz Duchamps is a news writer for NTD, The Epoch Times’ sister media, focusing primarily on the United States, world, and entertainment news.
February 25, 2022Updated: February 27, 2022

A Strela tank allegedly driven by Russian saboteurs swerved toward a moving sedan in Kyiv’s Obolon district and crushed it while a senior Ukrainian driver was still occupant, according to a video of the incident.

It appears the armored vehicle swerved lanes and ran over the black sedan, remaining stationed for a brief period before rolling back over the vehicle. Some reports claim the 9K35 Strela-10 was fleeing heavy fire and accidentally hit the civilian car.

The Epoch Times could not independently verify whether they were Russian troops.

“A Russian tank had driven over the civilian car. Terrifying footage. My thoughts are with the people of Ukraine,” a senior adviser to Belarusian human rights activist and politician Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya wrote on Twitter, adding a clip of the incident that was filmed from a distance.

In a separate tweet, the official said the driver of the sedan was an elderly man and he miraculously survived the shocking encounter. He also shared a picture that shows local Ukrainians helping the trapped senior out of the totally crushed sedan. He reportedly suffered only some minor injuries.

In another clip, a group of passing-by civilians are seen bending and breaking apart the remains of the damaged vehicle in an effort to untrap the man.

The footage emerged as Russian forces on Friday apparently positioned themselves in areas around Kyiv, according to videos.

Meanwhile, residents in the Ukrainian capital were told on Friday to “make Molotov cocktails” as they hid in makeshift shelters and subway stations, awaiting a Russian assault.

“Make Molotov cocktails, neutralize the occupier!” the Defense Ministry wrote on Twitter, while local authorities told people in the northwestern Obolon to stay off the streets due to “active hostilities” that were approaching.

Russia began invading Ukraine early on Thursday with a series of missile strikes that mainly targeted government and military installations, on the orders of President Vladimir Putin, who announced a “special military operation.”

At least 137 people had been killed and 316 were wounded since Russia launched its assault on the country, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday.

Zelensky has pleaded with Russia’s government to hold talks, and with Western powers to act faster to cut off Russia’s economy and provide Ukraine military help. The president’s whereabouts are kept secret and he told European leaders that he was Russia’s No. 1 target.

Jack Phillips contributed to this report.

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