Theoretically, the MT-LB of the 1970s belonged to the Russian army, but they left it Ukrainenortheast, about 30 kilometers (20 mi) from the shared border of the warring neighbours.
It was found by tractor driver vitali Denisenko, who has a mischievous twinkle in his eye, smiles as he drags his prize around a field in the village of Mala Rogan, where it was abandoned during a hasty return in late March.
“We needed two tractors to pull it out, which we were able to do after the army destroyed the field,” a group of 44-year-old journalists gathered to cover the spectacle.
Since Moscow’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine, footage of Ukrainian tractors carrying Russian tanks and other military vehicles appears regularly on social media and has quickly become a defining image of the country’s resistance.
Denisenko followed the example of farmers across the country by donating his mine to the army.
“We couldn’t use it for ourselves. What could we do with it? Drive it to the village disco?” They said.
Ukrainian peasants commanding so many Russian vehicles in occupied territories and then abandoned by Moscow’s retreating forces who are running the Internet began calling them Europe’s “fifth largest army”.
– FUNK – Now his chutzpah is being celebrated by the country’s National Postal Service, whose representatives on Thursday launched a new stamp depicting an infamous robbery at Mala Rogan.
Tetyana FomenkoThe manager of the Kharkiv Regional Postal Service’s stamp-collection store said it was the fourth military-themed stamp issued during the war, with five million due to go on sale.
It is not clear which Ukrainian first towed the Russian tank, but the craze actually took hold when Victor Kichuko And his friends commanded a Soviet T-80 on March 1 at Slatyn, a northeast city of 6,000, just 13 kilometers from Russia.
“We found a lot of vehicles and equipment in our village, once it was free it was really stuck,” the 44-year-old told AFP.
“A lot of equipment was left out, but the local team made the best of it,” he said.
“They cut all the wires, punched through all the optics and all that was left. Four units were thrown out. And four instruments were snatched from the village by our men.”
– a symbol of defiance – Kychuk sent a clip of him and his friends riding tanks to the regional military chief Volodymyr Usovwho uploaded it to YouTube, where it quickly went viral with 350,000 views.
The ruthless postal service has become a symbol of Ukrainian defiance after it released a stamp in April that depicted a soldier giving the middle finger to Russian Black Sea chief Moskva.
The warship had been sunk a few days earlier by an explosion and fire, which Ukraine claimed was caused by a missile attack – while Russia said the damage was caused by the detonation of weapons on board.
People queued up outside the central post office in Kyiv on Thursday for the latest stamp.
People in line were told that they would have to wait three hours to receive the prized memento.
“In this way we support the struggle of our people against the Russian aggressor,” Vitaly, 60, a stamp collector, told AFP.
“But now there is a war going on, we as patriots, support our country. A part of the money from the sale of these tickets will go to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.”