- Ukrainian fighters used a captured tank nicknamed “Bunny” against its previous owners, the Russians.
- The T-80 tank has destroyed dozens of Russian vehicles and several tanks in recent weeks.
- On May 9, Ukraine mocked Moscow’s “Victory Day” with a parade of captured Russian tanks.
Ukrainian volunteers have used a captured T-80 tank nicknamed “Bunny” against the machine’s previous owners, the Russian military.
The tank was built two years ago and was controlled by Russian forces until March this year, 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 used to live 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 into the unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine, Kiley reported.
“This is like my personal tank. I am [the] tank commander and tank owner,” Alex Kiley said in an interview, adding that the “somewhat modernized” tank has an auto-loader and can “fire more advanced, better rounds,” 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 troops appear to be withdrawing from the Kharkov region, The New York Times reported. It was a major setback for the Russian army since its withdrawal from Kiev in early April. British Defense Officers quoted Russia’s “inability to take key Ukrainian cities” and “heavy losses” as the reason for the withdrawal.
Earlier this week, Ukraine mocked the annual military celebration of Russia’s “Victory Day” in Moscow by holding its own “parade” featuring captured Russian tanks, “which are ruining the holiday for the occupiers,” the Ukrainian ministry wrote. of Defense in a tweet†
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a speech Monday at Russia’s “Victory Day” celebrations, in which he called Ukraine and its leaders “Nazis” but did not declare war after warnings from Western officials.
“The West was preparing to invade Russia. NATO created tensions at the borders. They didn’t want to listen to Russia. They had other plans,” Putin said in his Victory Day speech. “You fight for the motherland, 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.”