Footage has captured the horrific moment a Russian tank intentionally crushed a car with a driver inside as the Ukraine invasion escalates.
A bitter battle for Kyiv is underway, with Russian troops attempting to encircle and take over the Ukrainian capital.
The city has faced a barrage of missile attacks overnight, with terrified residents forced to seek shelter and citizens urged by authorities to assemble homemade bombs in a desperate bid to protect their homes.
According to UK intelligence, Russian troops “continue to advance on two axis towards Kyiv. Their objective is to encircle the capital, to secure control of the population and change the regime”.
The invasion was ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, with Moscow launching a brutal three-pronged assault on its neighbour, attacking by land, sea and air.
Yesterday, the infamous Chernobyl power plant fell, with Russian forces reportedly holding employees hostage.
The strategically important Snake Island, also known as Zmiinyi Island, was also captured, with Ukrainian guards making a defiant last stand before all were killed by the invaders.
The European Union, United States and Australia have all announced a slew of new sanctions against Russia, and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky has told European leaders via a harrowing video chat that “this might be the last time you see me alive”, after he claimed he was Russia’s “target number one”.
The death toll on the Ukrainian side has soared to more than 1000, with civilians included in the grim tally.
Meanwhile, Ukraine’s allies have vowed to provide weapons and supply troops to assist in the defence of the nation.
Russian troops’ sick act caught on film
Horrifying footage has emerged which shows a Russian tank swerving to deliberately mow down a car with a civilian inside – and then reversing back over it.
The car was crushed in the disturbing act, which occurred on the outskirts of Kyiv.
Onlookers were heard screaming in horror as the assault played out.
But miraculously, the driver was later pulled from the wreckage alive.
Russia’s sick threat to Ukrainian soldiers’ families
Russia has reportedly threatened to kill the families of Ukrainian soldiers who refuse to surrender.
According to CNN, the horrifying claim was made by a White House official, who also paid tribute to the “incredible bravery” displayed by Ukrainians.
“Our information also indicates that Russia plans to threaten killing the family members of Ukrainian soldiers if they do not surrender,” the official said.
“We commend the Ukrainian people for showing strength and determination in response to an unprovoked attack by a significantly larger military.
“We are concerned, however, that Russia plans to discourage them and induce surrender through disinformation. Our information indicates Russia is creating a disinformation campaign by publicising false reports about the widespread surrender of Ukrainian troops.”