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Ukrainian farmer steals Russian tank with tractor ‘to sell it for scrap’

A Ukrainian farmer has gone viral on social media after appearing to steal a Russian tank using a tractor.

The video was posted by researcher Arslon Xudosi and re-tweeted by Ukrainian MP Lesia Vasylenko.

The hilarious act was praised as one of the few funny moments during Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Ms Vasylenko wrote: “A bit of humour before toughest talks: farmer steals tank.

“Scrap metal is very valuable in #Ukraine so people are very excited about all the money they can make by getting hold of enemy weapons #LoveUkraine.”

The tank is thought to be a Russian MT-LB, which is a Soviet-era multi-purpose fully amphibious auxiliary armoured tracked vehicle, which was introduced in the 1950s.

The video footage went down well on Twitter.

One user, posting under the name @SaltyFrenchBoi, wrote: “Stealing the enemy's tank with a tractor is the most Slavic Guerilla move I've ever heard about.”

And Thaddeus Martin Zedalis tweeted: “I’m convinced the Ukrainian people are the most gangster group of individuals I’ve ever witnessed.”

The Ukrainian people's resolve was praised by many users, too, as Nance Devlin wrote: “The spirit of the Ukrainian people in the face of this invasion is just incredible.”

Ukraine's health ministry said on Sunday that 352 civilians, including 14 children, had been killed since the beginning of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Russia hasn't released official death toll numbers, but Mykhailo Podolyak, who advises Ukrainian President Zelenskyy, claimed that around 3,5000 Russians had been killed, with 200 prisoners of war being captured.

Peace talks between the two countries started earlier today on the Ukrainian border with Belarus in a possible signal that Russian President Vladimir Putin is looking to save face after failing to take the country in just the 72 hours he had originally allegedly planned.

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