VLADIMIR Yesterday, Putin’s troops faced a painful black eye during their reckless but deadly assault on Ukraine.
Russian elite units have entered the country’s second city Kharkivwhere The Sun witnessed them being hit back with tanks and rockets.
Panic spread through the city’s 1.4 million residents when officials ordered a lockdown at dawn.
Authorities confirmed that invading forces were inside the capital, located just 20 miles from the Russian border.
Russian units conducted a pincer movement into the city with armored convoys of Tigers.
It came after all-night shelling with Grad rockets, tank shells and Smerch missiles failed to crush the courageous Ukrainian forces.
The lightly armored Tiger 4×4 carriages, used by the Spetsnaz Special Forces, and the softskin army chariots that followed appeared to drive in an undisclosed state – but deadly ambus awaited wait.
Residents were warned to stay indoors as Special Forces, soldiers, police and volunteer militia launched a counterattack.
The Sun drove through deserted streets to the scene of an ambush, less than three miles from downtown.
Four tigers with tactical “Z” markings on their doors are left empty on the street. The Ukrainian army blocked the road and conducted a raid to catch the Russian soldiers jumping out and running.
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The Tiger truck behind had been hit by a missile and was covered with scorch marks from hell.
Another with bulletproof windows was smashed by the flames.
All of them appeared to have had their tires punctured, with the road around them littered with bronze cartridges, indicating signs of a fierce gunfight.
Analysts said the trucks may have stopped before the ambush because they were packed tightly together. Footage from the moments after the ambush shows Ukrainian soldiers launching a salvo of rocket grenades to retreat Russian forces.
When The Sun arrived at the scene shortly after, the soldiers called in a tank to destroy the survivors.
An army of heavily armed troops – some with silencers on their rifles – crouched and sped to the ambush site as the tank darted into position.
Then it let out a shrill bang – scaring our reporter into the snowy ground.
Later, the mayor of Kharkiv said dozens of Russian soldiers had surrendered and the city was fully back under government control.
Oleh Synyehubov said: “The control of Kharkiv is completely ours. The armed forces, police and civil defense are at work, and the city is being completely wiped out of the enemy.”
He said Russian soldiers begged civilians for clothes in an attempt to help them escape.
Some fear that the lightly armored Tigers may be on a reconnaissance mission and that a larger attack will follow.
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Photos on social media showed dozens of Russian prisoners of war, amid reports that they were starving, demoralized and confused about their duties.
Officials declined to say whether soldiers were killed or injured, but The Sun reported that at least three ambulances raced through the deserted streets while gun battles continued.
Last night, the mayor of Kyiv smeared Russian propaganda that his city was “besieged” by Russian forces. Newspapers reported the heavyweight boxer Vitali Klitschko said there was no way out for civilians when Kyiv was besieged.
But writing on the messaging app Telegram, he said: “Russian internet publications have spread to me that Kyiv is believed to be besieged and that evacuation of the people is impossible.
“Don’t believe the lies! Only trust information from official sources. ”
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The situation was still doable but Putin had hoped to capture the capital in four days – however, he was disappointed that his superpowers had failed to crush fierce Ukrainian resistance.
There are fears that Putin will open hell to crush the city’s heroic defenders regardless of the number of civilians killed.
Meanwhile, Russian saboteurs dressed as Ukrainian soldiers have been arrested by the Kyiv authorities.
Yesterday, footage emerged of brave unarmed civilians surrounding a Russian tank to prevent it from entering their village east of Kyiv.
In the central town of Dnipro, grandmothers joined forces to create thousands Molotov Cocktails – dubbed the babushka bomb – to hurl at the Russian invaders if they got that far.
However, an oil terminal near Kyiv was blown up Saturday night in a Russian missile attack.
The strike was confirmed by Ukraine’s Ministry of International Affairs and the town’s mayor. The missile attack hit one of ten oil storage tanks at the Vasylkiv station and the owner, KLO, confirmed that all fuel was destroyed.
Last night there were fears that Putin would order an explosion of bombs and missiles from the air to finally smash resistance in Kyiv – and allow him to install a puppet ruler.
Until last night, the Russian army had failed to capture a major city with attacks on Kyiv, Kharkiv and the lifeline port of Mariupol all successfully fought.
Yesterday’s pushback on Kharkiv was the city’s second victory after thwarting a tank attack on Thursday.
Soldiers told The Sun that a column of five tanks was approaching the city limits. Three were blasted by missiles including the British NLAW anti-tank weapon and the American Javelins during the first armored conflict of the war.
But it did not stop the shelling that forced families, including the elderly and infants, to sleep in underground stations when the air raid sirens sounded.
Ukraine also successfully ambushed a Russian convoy in Bucha, on the outskirts of the capital Kyiv, yesterday.
Footage appears to show at least five armored fighting vehicles blown to pieces and on fire. Ukrainian armed forces destroyed a bridge to slow the Russian advance.
The military claims they shot dead at least ten tanks in a separate attack
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