Moment farmers destroy £12million Russian missile system by setting it on fire

A video shows a £12-million Russian missile system burning in a field after allegedly being seized and set on fire by Ukrainian farmers.

The victorious civilians who captured the vehicle claimed Russian soldiers fled like "rats".

In the clip, filmed near the city of Bashtanka in the southern Ukrainian region of Mykolaiv Oblast, on Tuesday (March 1) a fire rages at the base of the vehicle, with flames licking the bodywork.

Boris Filatov, 49, mayor of the city of Dnipro, shared images of the burning Pantsir-C missile system on social media.

He claimed defiant farmers seized and destroyed the vehicle and that it cost around USD $15million (£11.3million).

Villagers had described how the Russian soldiers were forced to run across the fields "like rats".

Filatov said: "I usually cannot stand victorious scene, sabre-rattling and hat throwing.

"War is terrible grief, but these people (farmers) cannot be defeated.

"Today, collective farmers from Bashtanka, without realising it, took and burned the latest Pantsir-C system worth USD 15 million."

He continued: "The 'winning people' (Russians) ran across the Ukrainian fields like rats. Good night, my country."

The Pantsir missile system is a group of medium-range missile and anti-aircraft systems produced by KBP Instrument Design Bureau in Tula, Russia.

The surface-to-air missile system was designed to offer defence against fighter planes, helicopters, UAVs, and precision missiles as well as provide protection to units under air attack.

One Facebook follower commented on the mayor's post: "Guys, all of Ukraine is proud of you."

Several Russian soldiers captured in Ukraine have claimed they didn't even know they were there to invade the country and were shocked to be called "fascists" by civilians.

Footage has shown young troops in tears as they speak of the horrific violence they have witnessed.

In one text message a soldier is said to have written: "Mum, I'm in Ukraine. This is a real war. I'm scared, we're firing at everyone, even civilians."

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