Ukrainians chant 'go home' as they force back Russian trucks

Sending Putin’s invaders into reverse: Defiant Ukrainians chant ‘go home’ as they force back two Russian military vehicles marked with a ‘Z’ during fearless demonstration in Kherson

  • Fearless Ukrainians in Kherson chanted at Russian army trucks to go home 
  • Footage shows a crowd of demonstrators protesting against invading Russians
  • Protesters wrapped in Ukrainian flags chanted ‘go home’ at the military trucks
  • The Russian vehicles, daubed with white Z symbols, turned around and left 

Fearless Ukrainians in the southern city of Kherson chanted at Russian army trucks to go back home today.

Footage shows a crowd of demonstrators protesting against Russian despot Vladimir Putin’s invading troops with chants of ‘go home’.

Residents confronted the Russian military trucks, which had the letter Z painted on them in white, on Sunday, March 20. 

Fearless Ukrainians in the southern city of Kherson chanted at Russian army trucks to go back to Russia today

Residents confronted the Russian military trucks, which had the letter Z painted on them in white, on Sunday, March 20

The Russian trucks seemed to turn around when confronted with brave Ukrainian protesters

Demonstrators could be seen marching along Ushakova Avenue towards two oncoming army vehicles painted with the symbol, which is heavily associated with the Russian military.

Buildings and shops along the road matched those seen on satellite imagery, as well as file images of the area, allowing the footage to be geolocated.

When the Russian troops were confronted by the protesters, some of whom were wearing Ukrainian flags, they turned their trucks around and left. 

Ukrainians with national flags wrapped around them chased the Russian invaders from their streets

Fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces has continued in the Black Sea port-city of Kherson, an area the Kremlin claims to control. 

Ukrainian authorities said on Saturday that they had not seen any significant shifts over the past 24 hours in frontline areas. 

Just north of Kherson is Kostyantynivka, where Russia has said it fired an ‘unstoppable’ hypersonic Kinzhal missile at a fuel depot.

It is the second time Russian troops have used the powerful missile nicknamed The Sizzler by NATO.

A MiG-31K jet fired the aeroballistic missile at the warehouse storing fuel as it was flying over Crimea.

Igor Konashenkov, from the Russian Defence Ministry, said the target was the main supply of fuel for Ukrainian armoured cars in the south of the country. 

He claimed the missile had destroyed the depot. It is the second time Russia says it has used the missile in Ukraine, after a weapons storage site was destroyed in Deliatyn, in western Ukraine, on Friday. 

Hypersonic missiles differ from ballistic ones in that they travel closer to the earth and as such can largely avoid radar detection

Major General Igor Konashenkov, from the Russian Defence Ministry, said the target was the main supply of fuel for Ukrainian armoured cars in the south of the country. He claimed the missile had destroyed the depot. Pictured: The Russian pilot flying the fighter jet

Russia also said it had fired a second ‘unstoppable’ hypersonic Kinzhal missile at a fuel depot in Kostyantynivka, in the southern region of Mykolaiv. The MiG-31K jet (pictured as it took off) fired the aeroballistic missile at the warehouse as it was flying over Crimea

Russia has never before admitted using the high-precision weapon in combat.

Moscow claims the ‘Kinzhal’- or Dagger – is ‘unstoppable’ by current Western weapons. The missile, which has a range of 1,250 miles, is nuclear capable and is 26ft long, weighing up to half a ton.

Both strikes so far have not been nuclear.

‘The Kinzhal aviation missile system with hypersonic aeroballistic missiles destroyed a large underground warehouse containing missiles and aviation ammunition in the village of Deliatyn in the Ivano-Frankivsk region’, the Russian defence ministry said Saturday. 

Russian Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov also said that the Russian forces used the anti-ship missile system Bastion to strike Ukrainian military facilities near the Black Sea port of Odesa.

Aerial footage released by the Russian military claimed to show the missile strike. Large, long buildings are shown in the footage in a snowy region, before one is obliterated by a huge explosion – sending flames, earth and debris high into the air. People can be seen on the ground fleeing as smoke pours from the site.

Ukrainian air force spokesman Yuri Ignat confirmed that a storage site had been targeted, but added that Kyiv had no information regarding the type of missile that was used.

Deliatyn, a picturesque village in the foothills of the picturesque Carpathian mountains, is located outside the city of Ivano-Frankivsk. 

The region of Ivano-Frankivsk shares a 30-mile long border with NATO member Romania. 

‘The enemy targeted our depots’ but ‘we have no information of the type of missile,’ he said. ‘There has been damage, destruction and the detonation of munitions. They are using all the missiles in their arsenal against us.’   

Russia reportedly first used the weapon during its military campaign in Syria in 2016 to support the Assad regime, although it was unclear if this was the same model. 

Some of the most intense bombing came in 2016 during the battle for Aleppo, resulting in hundreds of civilian deaths.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has termed the missile ‘an ideal weapon’ that flies at 10 times the speed of sound, which is 7672.69 miles per hour, and can overcome air-defence systems. 

Hypersonic missiles differ from ballistic ones in that they travel closer to the earth and as such can largely avoid radar detection.

Thermobaric missiles are defined by their type of explosion, which sucks in surrounding air to prompt a high-temperature explosion, often called vacuum bombs.  

Hypersonic missiles are defined by how fast they travel, which is at least five times faster than the speed of sound.

Russia claims their hypersonic Kinzhal missile travels double that, at 10 times the speed of sound.   

Konashenkov noted that the Kalibr cruise missiles launched by Russian warships from the Caspian Sea were also involved in the strike on the fuel depot in Kostiantynivka. 

He said Kalibr missiles launched from the Black Sea were used to destroy an armor repair plant in Nizhyn in the Chernihiv region in northern Ukraine.  

Since Putin’s invasion on February 24, most of the fighting has taken place in Ukraine’s east – closer to Russia – as Moscow’s forces struggle to make significant gains further into the country.

Pictured: The moment the Kizhal hypersonic missile destroyed the ammunition depot in western Ukraine, according to Russian Ministry of Defence

Large, long buildings are shown in the footage in a snowy region, before one is obliterated by a huge explosion – sending flames, earth and debris high into the air. People can be seen on the ground fleeing as smoke pours from the site (left)

Pictured: A video screen grab showing a test of the Kh-47M2 Kinzhal, dubbed ‘an ideal weapon’ by Vladimir Putin (file photo)

The missile can carry both conventional weapons and nuclear warheads, and can be launched from fighter jets – including Tu-22M3 bombers or MiG-31K interceptors. Pictured: The missile is seen being carried by a MiG-31K during a fly-over of Moscow’s Red Square in 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin has termed the missile ‘an ideal weapon’ that flies at 10 times the speed of sound and can overcome air-defence systems. Pictured: Putin speaks during a rally on Friday to mark the eighth anniversary of ‘annexing’ Crimea, and spoke of ‘de-Nazifying’ the peninsula and of debunked claims of ‘genocide’ in the Donbass

However, in recent days there have been signs of more western strikes, with one person being killed overnight in a missile attack near Lviv, the closest strike yet to the centre of the western city – where thousands have fled to.

The strike comes as Ukraine’s forces continue to put up a fierce resistance against the invading armies, which have been forced to resort to seemingly indiscriminate artillery strikes on population centres.

Moscow’s troops have been stalled for days. Kyiv has claimed the invaders have suffered almost 15,000 casualties.

American sources estimate the number is lower, saying that 7,000 Russian troops have died so far in the fighting. 

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