Video Shows Unarmed Ukrainians Blocking, Shouting at Russian Convoy

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, a video circulating on social media shows a large group of unarmed Ukrainian citizens shouting and attempting to block a Russian convoy.

"In Melitopol, unarmed Ukrainians are confronting the Russian soldiers. They are chanting "Occupants" and pushing the vehicles back," Franak Viačorka, who serves as an advisor to the Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, wrote in a tweet accompanying the video, which has been shared multiple times.

The video also shows Russian military troops shooting into the sky as the group of Ukrainians continue to shout and attempt to block their convoy.

"Go home, fascists, we are unarmed!" the group can be heard chanting in the video.

Newsweek previously reported that the mayor of Melitopol, Ivan Fedorov, issued a statement on Tuesday saying that the town, which is located to the Southeast of Ukraine's capital of Kyiv, "has not surrendered, but it is temporarily occupied."

The video comes as fighting continues to rage between Ukraine and Russia, after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a "special military operation" last week.

On Saturday, British armed forces minister James Heappey told BBC radio that despite reports that Russians had claimed to capture Melitopol, the town remained in "Ukrainian hands."

"Even Melitopol, which the Russians are claiming to have taken but we can't see anything to substantiate that, are all still in Ukrainian hands," Heappey said. "The fighting ... reported on the outskirts of Kyiv overnight, we understand to just be Russian special forces and pockets of paratroopers."

In another video posted to Twitter by Viačorka, a TV tower in Kyiv is shown being hit by several missiles causing a plume of smoke to travel into the sky.

"Two Russian missiles were launched at the Kyiv TV tower. Lukashenka made the assault on Kyiv possible. He provided Putin with infrastructure and land to attack Ukraine. He shares full responsibility with Putin," Viačorka tweeted

As the fighting has continued across numerous Ukrainian cities, the nation's president Volodymyr Zelensky spoke to members of the European Parliament on Tuesday where he accused Putin of committing war crimes by targeting civilian areas in Kharkiv.

"Evil, armed with rockets, bombs and artillery, must be stopped immediately. Destroyed economically," Zelensky said. "At least two cruise missiles have hit the main square of that city. That is the price of freedom."

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A video posted on social media captured a group of unarmed Ukrainians shouting and attempting to block a Russian convoy in the town of Melitopol. Above, a man stands outside his car and talks with a Ukrainian soldier at a vehicle checkpoint in the city center on March 1, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Chris McGrath/Getty