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A graveyard for tanks: Hundreds of Vladimir Putin’s mangled military vehicles are rusting


A graveyard for tanks: Hundreds of Vladimir Putin’s mangled military vehicles are rusting in fields after botched Kyiv assault

  • The Daily Mail discovered a vast ‘tank graveyard’ full of charred military hardware yesterday in Bucha, Ukraine
  • Ukraine’s military estimates it has destroyed 1,145 tanks and 2,764 armoured fighting vehicles since February 28  
  • Bucha, 20 miles from Ukraine’s capital, was the scene of mass civilian murders by Russian forces before their humiliating retreat
  • Meanwhile Vladmir Putin has showed off rows of Russian tanks in Red Square

While Vladimir Putin showed off columns of tanks in Red Square, the reality on the ground in Ukraine is that hundreds of his mangled military vehicles are now rusting in fields after his botched attempt to capture Kyiv.

The Daily Mail discovered a vast ‘tank graveyard’ full of charred military hardware yesterday in Bucha, a middle-class suburb 20 miles from the capital, which was the scene of fierce battles and the mass murder of civilians by Russian forces before they made a humiliating retreat. 

Pictured: Destroyed Russian military vehicles, taken out by Ukrainian forces defending Kyiv and now pictured dumped outside Bucha in a makeshift ‘tank graveyard’

Pictured: The wreckage of a Russian tank is seen amongst the twisted metal of other destroyed Russian military vehicles in Bucha, UKraine

Pictured: The wreckage of a Russian tank is seen amongst the twisted metal of other destroyed Russian military vehicles in Bucha, UKraine

Pictured: Two men inspect the wreckage of a Russian armoured military vehicle in Ukraine

Pictured: Two men inspect the wreckage of a Russian armoured military vehicle in Ukraine

A damaged tank is seen as unusable due to the artillery attack in Mariupol, Ukraine

A damaged tank is seen as unusable due to the artillery attack in Mariupol, Ukraine

The mass wreckage left after Russian attack has been left to rust

The mass wreckage left after Russian attack has been left to rust

Ukraine’s military estimates it has destroyed 1,145 tanks and 2,764 armoured fighting vehicles since Russia invaded on February 24.

One destroyed Russian BTR armoured personnel carrier in Bucha had half-melted ration packs containing meat paste and a tin of goulash with ‘made in Russia’ written on the sticky label.

Thousands of tanks and amoured vehicles have been left in a vast 'tank graveayard'

Thousands of tanks and amoured vehicles have been left in a vast ‘tank graveayard’

A destroyed Russian tank was found with ration packs and a tin with ‘made in Russia’ on it

A destroyed Russian tank was found with ration packs and a tin with ‘made in Russia’ on it

Nearby there were also dozens of ordinary family cars riddled with bullet holes, including a red Mitsubishi Colt which still had its occupants’ bloodied clothes inside.

‘I remember seeing this car on the main road with the bodies of two elderly people lying next to it,’ said Anatolii, 44, a gym instructor from Bucha, who was among locals visiting the site yesterday.

He said that Putin’s invaders ‘did not care about people’s lives,’ adding: ‘They killed people for absolutely nothing.’

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