Bomb Disposal…Ukrainian Style: The moment a brave soldier detonates an anti-personnel mine by throwing a TIRE at it
- A brave soldier stood a few feet away as he detonated the bomb
- But a small shard of metal pierced its side and had to be removed quickly
- Putin’s forces have planted thousands of landmines in Ukraine, in breach of the treaty
- The Kremlin claims the devices are an “effective means of securing Russia’s borders.”
This is the risky moment when a Ukrainian soldier finds an ingenious way to detonate a Russian landmine: by throwing a car tire at it.
A video posted on Telegram’s Face of War channel shows the brave soldier throwing the rubber tire at the bomb from just meters away.
After successfully detonating the bomb – causing the tire to fly high in the air – he is seen rubbing his side.
A photo later posted to the channel shows a metal landmine pierced the uniformed soldier and was pulled out.
The unidentified soldier (left) crouches as he hurls the rubber tire at the landmine. Right: Time appears to slow down as the hoop levitates toward the unexploded bomb
According to Human Rights Watch, thousands of Russian landmines have been planted in Kyiv, Kharkiv and the eastern regions of Donetsk and Sumy.
This is despite Ukraine spearheading the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty – although Russia is not a signatory.
Some are activated by contact, others detonate at random intervals and pose a significant threat to civilians.
The International Campaign to Ban Landmines, winner of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize, has condemned its use in Ukraine.
A Russian diplomat told the UN General Assembly in 2020 that Moscow “shares the goals of the treaty and supports a mine-free world” but sees it as “an effective means of ensuring the security of Russia’s borders”.
The hoop then hits the land mine (left) and instantly detonates it. Right: The explosion throws the car tire dozens of meters into the air and off the road
The bold video emerged hours after a Ukrainian grain exporter was allegedly killed in a Russian airstrike on the besieged Black Sea coastal town of Mykolaiv.
Oleksiy Vadatursky, 74, and his wife Raisa are said to have been killed in a bomb attack overnight.
The agribusiness tycoon was the 24th richest man in the country, according to Forbes, with a fortune of $430 million.
He owned the grain export group Nibulon.
Mykolaiv — which has come under frequent attack — is the Ukrainian city closest to the southern front, where Kiev’s forces are poised to launch a major counteroffensive to retake territory lost after February’s Russian invasion.
It is also on the main route to Ukraine’s main port, Odessa.
On Telegram, the leader of the region, Vitaliy Kim, said of Mr. Vadatursky: “[He] did a lot for the Mykolaiv region, a lot for Ukraine.
‘His contribution to the development of the agricultural and shipbuilding industries and the development of the region is invaluable.’