Ukrainian man stops advancing Russian tanks as Putin's invasion gathers pace - WATCH

Ukrainian man stops advancing Russian tanks as Putin's invasion gathers pace - WATCH
25 Man blocks tanks update
Max Parry

By Max Parry

Published: 25/02/2022

- 17:48

Vladimir Putin's troops have entered the northern districts of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv

Video footage has emerged of a man bravely attempting to stop the advance of a string of Russian tanks, as Vladimir Putin's military advances into Ukraine.

The footage shows a presumed Ukrainian man striking the Russian military vehicles as they drive along what appears to be a major roadway.

The man's intervention forced the first tank he intercepted to drive off the road to get past, whilst a Russian army truck overtook.

Comparisons have been made to the man who famously stood in front of a row of Chinese tanks in Tiananmen Square in 1989.

The unidentified protester, known simply as Tank Man, stood in front of Type 59 tanks, the day after the Chinese government crushed the student-led Tiananmen Square protests.

The photograph of Tank Man standing defiantly was published around the world and is regarded as one of the most iconic political images of the 20th Century.

The UK is hiking its number of military personnel as Putin's invasion of Ukraine escalates.

Tanks and other army vehicles arrived in Estonia on Friday, as part of NATO's plans to buttress their eastern flank in the wake of Russia's advances.

Britain have sent 850 extra troops the join the 900 already stationed in Estonia.

Meanwhile another 350 Royal Marines have been to Poland to reinforce the forces already there.

The European Union has agreed to freeze the assets of Russian President Vladimir Putin and foreign minister Sergei Lavrov along with other sanctions, according to Latvia’s foreign minister.

A decision to freeze Mr Putin and Mr Lavrov’s assets indicates that western powers are moving towards unprecedented measures to try to stop the invasion of Ukraine.

Latvian foreign minister Edgars Rinkevics said in a tweet on Friday that the EU’s foreign ministers “adopted the 2nd sanctions package” and added that “the asset freeze includes President of Russia and its Foreign Minister”.

He said the EU plans to prepare another package of sanctions.

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