Miracle rescue after 'Russian tank' swerved to crush civilian car driver in Kyiv

25 February 2022, 10:39 | Updated: 25 February 2022, 12:46

Footage shows people working to extract man from ruined car after a tank deliberately ran him over

By Asher McShane

This is the moment a civilian is miraculously plucked from his car alive after it was crushed by a tank driver on the streets of Kyiv.

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

Video footage emerged which is said to show a Russian strela tank swerving to run over the car which was travelling in the opposite direction on a road in the Obolon district of the city.

The clip, filmed from a distance, makes it impossible to make out the exact vehicle but it clearly shows the military hardware swerving quickly towards the black civilian car, running over it and leaving it completely flattened.

It is unclear who was controlling the armoured vehicle, but there are claims the vehicle was in fact a Ukrainian piece of hardware which had been hijacked by Russian troops.

The civilian was miraculously pulled alive from the crushed vehicle
The civilian was miraculously pulled alive from the crushed vehicle. Picture: Social Media

Miraculously, the car's sole occupant, an elderly man - was plucked from the wreckage apparently unscathed after a group of people rushed to his rescue.

A senior adviser to Belarusian human rights activist and democratic politician Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya posted the video footage online, writing: "In Ukraine, a Russian tank had driven over the civilian car. Terrifying footage. My thoughts are with the people of Ukraine."

Minutes later, the adviser, Franak Viacorka, posted further pictures showing the dazed victim sitting in the remains of the crushed car, apparently with only minor injuries.

The tank was seen swerving to crush the vehicle
The tank was seen swerving to crush the vehicle. Picture: Social Media

"A Ukrainian senior man in a car hit by the Russian tank survived!" he posted.

A group of Ukrainian civilians can be seen rushing to his rescue in further footage, bending and breaking apart the remains of the crushed car to free the elderly occupant.

People rushed to free the elderly man from the crushed car
People rushed to free the elderly man from the crushed car. Picture: Twitter

"The invaders ran over a civilian car with military equipment in Obolon. There was a man inside," a social media post states.

"The man whose car was rammed and crushed by alleged Russian strela has been rescued," a further post on Twitter said.

The man appeared dazed but survived the terrifying incident
The man appeared dazed but survived the terrifying incident. Picture: Twitter

There were accusations levelled that the video showed Russian troops committing a war crime.

The footage emerged after fierce fighting with Russian troops descending on parts of Ukraine's capital Kiev.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has demanded tougher sanctions and support fending off the Russian invasion as Kyiv was hit by air strikes.

Pictures shared by a Belarusian official showed the dazed victim trapped in the car alive
Pictures shared by a Belarusian official showed the dazed victim trapped in the car alive. Picture: Twitter

Mr Zelensky also called for allies to provide "effective counteraction" against Moscow's advances after holding talks with Boris Johnson on Friday morning.

Downing Street said the Prime Minister pledged further support "in the coming days" after the president updated him on the "terrible developments" in the Ukrainian capital.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said more than 450 Russian troops had been killed, as a fierce resistance meant Moscow "failed" on the main objective on the first day of fighting.

Mr Johnson and Mr Zelensky spoke after Kyiv was hit by "horrific rocket strikes" and fighting reached the outskirts of the capital overnight.

After the call, the president said Ukraine "needs the support of partners more than ever".

"We demand effective counteraction to the Russian Federation. Sanctions must be further strengthened," Mr Zelensky added.

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Bridget Jones set to return for fourth film when cult rom-com starring Renee Zellweger begins filming later this year

Bridget Jones set to return for fourth film when cult rom-com starring Renee Zellweger begins filming later this year

An aircraft launching from USS Dwight D Eisenhower during flight operations in the Red Sea

US and UK strike Houthi sites in Yemen amid surge in Red Sea attacks on ships

Residents voting in the South Carolina Republican primary

Trump enters South Carolina primary looking to embarrass Haley in her home state

Britain and US strike more than a dozen targets in Yemen in response to ongoing attacks on shipping in Red Sea

Britain and US strike more than a dozen Houthi targets in Yemen following Red Sea shipping attacks

World leaders laid flowers in tribute to killed soldiers as they joined Volodymyr Zelensky in Ukraine

Western leaders rally around Kyiv as Ukraine marks invasion anniversary

Thames Valley Police’s Major Crime Unit has launched a murder investigation in the affulent commuter town Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire

Murder investigation launched and man, 39, arrested after woman, 40, found fatally injured in Beaconsfield

Stan Bowles, QPR legend and former England 'maverick', dies age 75 following battle with Alzheimer's disease

Stan Bowles, QPR legend and former England 'maverick' footballer, dies age 75 following battle with Alzheimer's disease

Three female MPs have been issued with bodyguards and cars amid growing concern for politicians' safety

Three female MPs issued with 'taxpayer-funded bodyguards and cars' amid growing safety concerns

A picture of Alexei Navalny next to flowers in front of the Russian embassy in Berlin

Body of Russian opposition leader Navalny handed over to his mother, aide says

Destroyed residential buildings in Rafah

Israeli officials to meet over proposed pause in Gaza fighting

Wendy Williams thanks supporters for 'love and kind words' after she is diagnosed with same rare form of dementia as Bruce Willis

Wendy Williams thanks supporters for 'love and kind words' after she is diagnosed with same rare form of dementia as Bruce Willis

Competitors battle in a muddy pool at the Florida Man Games

Tank-topped teams compete in spoof sporting event in Florida

Children are seen in a building destroyed in an Israeli air strike in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah, February 22

'Progress' made in Gaza ceasefire talks after Hamas 'drop some of its demands' that could see Israeli hostages released

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Brazilian president accuses Israel of committing genocide in Gaza

Alexei Navalny's body handed to mother after 'three-hour ultimatum' over late Russian opposition figure's burial

Alexei Navalny's body handed to mother after 'three-hour ultimatum' over late Russian opposition figure's burial

French President Emmanuel Macron at the agriculture fair

Macron booed by French farmers as he visits Paris agricultural fair