Bashtanka farmers took and burned the multimillion-worth state-of-the-art missile system after its Russian crew abandoned it in a field
This is the moment a 12 million pound Russian missile system burns in a field after being seized and set on fire by Ukrainian farmers.
Victorious villagers who captured the vehicle said the Russian soldiers fled like “rats” abandoning the anti-aircraft battery.
The video was filmed near the town of Bashtanka in the southern Ukrainian region of Mykolaiv Oblast on March 1.
Boris Filatov, 49, mayor of the city of Dnipro, shared footage of the burning Pantsir-C missile system on social media, saying farmers seized and destroyed the vehicle and it cost around £11, £3 million.
He added that villagers described how Russian soldiers were forced to run through “Ukrainian fields like rats”.
Filatov said: “I usually can’t stand the victorious scene, saber slashing and hat throwing. War is terrible grief, but these people (farmers) cannot be defeated.
“Today, the collective farmers of Bashtanka, without realizing it, took and burned the last Pantsir-C system worth 15 million dollars.
“The ‘winning people’ (the Russians) ran through the Ukrainian fields like rats.”
The proud mayor added: “Good night my country”.
The Pantsir missile system is a group of medium-range missile and anti-aircraft systems produced by the KBP Instrument Design Bureau in Tula, Russia.
The surface-to-air missile system was designed to provide defense against fighter jets, helicopters, drones and precision missiles, as well as to protect units under air attack.
A Facebook follower commented on the mayor’s post: “Guys, all of Ukraine is proud of you.”
Another netizen wrote: “We must use these weapons against the monsters!”