Ukraine, which celebrates its Independence Day on August 24, held a mock parade of destroyed Russian tanks and military equipment along a road in the capital Kyiv. The parade, which saw Ukrainian citizens taking selfies above broken down Russian tanks, was used to humiliate Moscow and Vladimir Putin. Videos of the mock parade have quickly gone viral, with several videos having already gained over a million views.
Many Ukrainians scoffed that the Russians were finally holding a military parade in Kyiv, but not the one they had planned.
President Putin had originally hoped to take the capital Kyiv within two days of the invasion, which has since dragged on for six months and largely stalled.
Ukraine’s Defense Ministry tweeted: “In February the Russians were planning a parade in downtown Kyiv.
“6 months after the start of full-scale war, the shameful display of rusty Russian metal reminds all dictators how their plans can be ruined by a free and brave nation.”
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Columns of tanks were moved by cranes and trucks this morning to Khreshchatyk Street, which is usually used to celebrate Ukraine’s Independence Day.
Among the destroyed vehicles on display were Russian T-72/80/90 main battle tanks and BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles.
Mariana Betsa, Ukraine’s Ambassador to Estonia, tweeted: “Russia wanted to hold a parade in Kyiv. Well, be careful what you wish for…
“Russian tanks were destroyed in Khreschatyk – the main square of Kyiv. Ukraine will prevail.”