Fleeing Russian Tank Crashes Into Tree in Video Viewed Over 1M Times

A Twitter video mocking the retreat of Russian soldiers in Ukraine has gone viral on social media.

The video, which was posted on the Calibre Obscura Twitter page, an organization that hosts a website dedicated to arms and war news, was captioned: "Amazing video of a Russian T-72 fleeing Ukrainian troops, discarding men and then crashing into a tree."

The video shows a tank, reportedly belonging to the Russian army, driving down a road before passing what is indicated in the video to be a Ukrainian soldier on the side of the road.

After noticing the Ukrainian soldier, Russian soldiers on the outside of the tank jump from the moving vehicle into the dirt while Yakety Sax, better known as the theme to The Benny Hill Show, plays in the background.

After the soldiers have all jumped from the outside of the tank, it continues to drive down the road before swerving and crashing into a tree.

At this moment, Yakety Sax transitions into Frolic, the theme from Curb Your Enthusiasm, a popular choice for videos that end in awkward moments.

The video was posted on Friday of last week and has since garnered more than 1.3 million views.

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Russian demining team members work to clear an area in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol on July 13, 2022. A video mocking the retreat of Russian soldiers in Ukraine has gone viral on social media. The video was posted last week Friday and has since garnered more than 1.3 million views. Olga Maltseva/Getty

The tank crash video comes as Ukraine has launched a surprise counteroffensive in the areas around Kharkiv, the country's second-largest city. In recent days, Ukrainian forces have seized control of key cities such as Izyum and Kupyansk, forcing Russian soldiers to retreat.

Earlier this month, the Defense of Ukraine's Twitter page also took to mocking Russian soldiers for retreating in the face of the Ukrainian counteroffensive.

The Twitter page posted a 40-second video issuing an ultimatum to Russian soldiers and said they should leave Kherson Oblast in Ukraine or face death.

The video was set to the 1932 song Run Rabbit Run and showed footage of Russian soldiers appearing to be fired upon by missiles, artillery fire and snipers.

It mockingly called the Russian soldiers "guests" and plays footage of an alleged Russian soldier warning against Ukrainian forces.

Recently, Russian President Vladimir Putin has faced a backlash from pro-Kremlin bloggers amid his military's inability to subdue Ukraine in the conflict.

Putin launched the invasion of Ukraine on February 24, banking on his vast military to propel him to a quick victory. However, Ukraine met Russian troops with a stronger-than-expected defense effort, bolstered by aid from allies, including the United States.

Despite worldwide condemnation due to alleged human rights abuses committed by the Russian military and a lack of justification for the war, many in Russia rallied around Putin. However, these Ukrainian victories have seen some hardline pro-Russia bloggers, who for months cheered on the Russian leader's invasion, turn on him.

Newsweek has reached out to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ukraine's Ministry of Defense for comment.