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Ukrainian volunteer fighters use a Russian tank nicknamed “Bunny” against Russian forces


This photograph taken on May 13, 2022 shows a damaged tank on a road near the village of Vilkhivka east of Kharkiv, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.Sergei Bobok/AFP via Getty Images

  • Ukrainian fighters used a captured tank nicknamed “Bunny” against its former owners, the Russians.

  • The T-80 tank has destroyed dozens of Russian vehicles and several tanks over the past few weeks.

  • On May 9, Ukraine mocked Moscow’s “Victory Day” with a parade featuring captured Russian tanks.

Ukrainian volunteer forces used a captured T-80 tank nicknamed “Bunny” against the former owners of the machine – the Russian army.

The tank was built two years ago and until March this year was controlled by Russian forces, according to CNN’s Sam Kiley, who met with the volunteer fighters in Ukraine.

A Ukrainian soldier identified only as Alex, a former software engineer who lived in the country’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, said he was on a sniper mission when he discovered the abandoned tank in a field in March – just eight days after the unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine, Kiley reported.

“It’s like my personal tank. I’m [the] tank commander and tank owner,” Alex told Kiley in an interview, adding that the “slightly modernized” tank has an autoloader and can “fire more advanced and better shells,” including guided missiles.

In March, “Bunny” destroyed two dozen Russian military vehicles and several tanks, Kiley told CNN.

Ukrainian and Western officials said earlier this week that Russian forces appeared to be withdrawing from the Kharkiv region, The New York Times reported. It was a significant setback for the Russian army since its retreat from kyiv in early April. British defense officials cited “Russia’s inability to capture major Ukrainian cities” and “heavy casualties” as reason for withdrawal.

Earlier this week, Ukraine mocked Russia’s annual “Victory Day” military celebration in Moscow by holding its own “parade” featuring captured Russian tanks, “ruining the holiday for occupants,” Ukraine’s Defense Ministry wrote in a statement. Tweeter.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a speech at the Russian ‘Day of Victory’ celebration on Monday, calling Ukraine and its leaders ‘Nazis’, but did not mention a declaration of war following warnings from officials Westerners.

“The West was preparing for the invasion of Russia. NATO was creating tension on the borders. They didn’t want to listen to Russia. They had other plans,” Putin said in his VE Day speech. . “You are fighting for the fatherland, for its future, so that no one forgets the lessons of the Second World War, so that there is no place in the world for executioners, punishers and Nazis. “

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