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The moment a panicking Russian tank crew 'blew up their own comrades' during Ukrainian ambush 

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The moment a Russian tank appears to blast another Russian armoured vehicle from metres away in an apparent friendly fire incident has been caught on video. 

The video by a Ukrainian drone seems to show Russian troops and armour around the village of Dmytrivka just to the west of Kyiv as they were preparing to pull out from their stalled assault on the Ukrainian capital. 

The ambush is then sprung as a litany of blasts and explosions strike the bunched up Russian tanks from what are thought to be Ukrainian drones and artillery. 

Previous versions of the video, which was filmed by a loitering drone on March 31, had been unclear, but a new, higher-quality version makes the Russian tanks clearly identifiable by their distinctive ‘V’ markings.

In the ensuing panic and chaos, a tank with the ‘V’ markings can be seen in a friendly fire incident blasting its main cannon at another tank with the same markings from nearly pointblank range.

New clear footage from the battle on March 31 clearly shows tanks and armour with the'V' symbol of Putin's forces

New clear footage from the battle on March 31 clearly shows tanks and armour with the ‘V’ symbol of Putin’s forces

Russian troops are seen advancing along with Russian armour through the village of Dmytrivka

Russian troops are seen advancing along with Russian armour through the village of Dmytrivka

The column of Russian tanks with the distinctive'V' symboles are advancing single file through the wartorn village when the Ukrainians strike

The column of Russian tanks with the distinctive ‘V’ symboles are advancing single file through the wartorn village when the Ukrainians strike 

In the ensuing panic, as the column is turning a corner at a vulnerable location, one tank with the'V' symbol blasts a second tank also with a'V' symbol in a friendly fire incident

In the ensuing panic, as the column is turning a corner at a vulnerable location, one tank with the ‘V’ symbol blasts a second tank also with a ‘V’ symbol in a friendly fire incident  

Previous versions of the video, which was filmed by a loitering drone on March 31, had been unclear, but a new, higher-quality version makes the Russian tanks clearly identifiable by their distinctive'V' markings

Previous versions of the video, which was filmed by a loitering drone on March 31, had been unclear, but a new, higher-quality version makes the Russian tanks clearly identifiable by their distinctive ‘V’ markings

A drone captures wreckages of what are thought to be BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles and T-72 main battle tanks

A drone captures wreckages of what are thought to be BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles and T-72 main battle tanks

A count of Russian losses suggests the Ukrainian ambush hit seven BMP-2 and one BMD-2 infantry fighting vehicles, plus six T-72 main battle tanks, with eight soldiers killed in action

A count of Russian losses suggests the Ukrainian ambush hit seven BMP-2 and one BMD-2 infantry fighting vehicles, plus six T-72 main battle tanks, with eight soldiers killed in action 

A count of Russian losses suggests the Ukrainian ambush hit seven BMP-2 and one BMD-2 infantry fighting vehicles, plus six T-72 main battle tanks, with eight soldiers killed in action.

The Ukrainians struck as Russian forces were beating a retreat from Kyiv and the north of Ukraine, with the Kremlin seeming to acknowledge the failure of their efforts to capture Kyiv and topple the Ukrainian government five weeks after the initial invasion.

It is now thought that Putin is replenishing and massing his forces in the east of Ukraine in order to be able to score a battlefield win in the Donbas and claim a face saving triumph in time for Victory Day on May 9, when Russia celebrates its defeat of Nazi Germany in the Second World War. 

The Russian repositioning of its forces away from towns and villages around Kyiv to the east of Ukraine has permitted allegations of war crimes committed by Russian troops to come to light.

Ukrainian prosecutors are investigating civilian massacres in northwestern suburbs such as Bucha, Makariv and Borodyanka, but the Prosecutor-General’s Office said Tuesday it was also looking into events in the Brovary district, which lies to the northeast.

Ukrainian and French forensics investigators place remains of burned civilians exhumed from a grave in body bags, amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in the town of Bucha

Ukrainian and French forensics investigators place remains of burned civilians exhumed from a grave in body bags, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in the town of Bucha

French forensics investigators, who arrived to Ukraine for the investigation of war crimes, stand next to a mass grave

French forensics investigators, who arrived to Ukraine for the investigation of war crimes, stand next to a mass grave

The forensic team exhume the bodies of a mother and two children buried near the mass grave by a church in the town of horrors

The forensic team exhume the bodies of a mother and two children buried near the mass grave by a church in the town of horrors

Volunteers load bodies of civilians killed in Bucha onto a truck to be taken to a morgue for investigation into possible war crimes

Volunteers load bodies of civilians killed in Bucha onto a truck to be taken to a morgue for investigation into possible war crimes

Russian President Vladimir Putin photographed with Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Amur Region, Russia on April 12. Putin has denied that Russian forces have committed war crimes in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin photographed with Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Amur Region, Russia on April 12. Putin has denied that Russian forces have committed war crimes in Ukraine

Ukraine and Western leaders have in recent days accused Russian forces of committing atrocities against civilians in devastated areas around Kyiv that were under occupation – with Bucha proving to be the site of the most egregious examples of war crimes thus far.

Ukrainian authorities say over 1,200 bodies have been found in the area and that they are weighing cases against ‘500 suspects’, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and other top officials. 

On Monday, the work of exhuming bodies from a mass grave in a churchyard in Bucha resumed after more than 400 dead civilians were discovered. The majority had been gunned down. 

President Joe Biden took a strong line, accusing Russia of carrying out a ‘genocide’, saying Vladimir Putin is trying to ‘wipe out the idea of even being a Ukrainian’.

‘Yes, I called it genocide,’ he told reporters in Iowa on Tuesday, as he said he would ‘let the lawyers decide’. 

He added: ‘It’s become clearer and clearer that Putin is just trying to wipe out the idea of even being a Ukrainian.’

President Joe Biden has for the first time accused Russia of carrying out a'genocide', saying Vladimir Putin is trying to'wipe out the idea of even being a Ukrainian'

President Joe Biden has for the first time accused Russia of carrying out a ‘genocide’, saying Vladimir Putin is trying to ‘wipe out the idea of even being a Ukrainian’

Meanwhile, Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer on Monday said he was ‘rather pessimistic’ about the chances of diplomacy after being the first European leader to visit Russian President Vladimir Putin since the start of Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine.

Describing Putin as having ‘massively entered into a logic of war’, Nehammer told reporters: ‘If you’re asking me whether I am optimistic or pessimistic, I’m rather pessimistic.’

‘Peace talks are always very time-intensive while military logic says: “Don’t spend too much time and go directly into battle”,’ he added.

However, he said he spoke to European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz after the meeting and said he had impressed on them the ‘need for more such meetings’ to directly express European outrage at Russia’s actions.

Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer became the first European leader to meet Vladimir Putin on Monday after planning a closed-door face-to-face with the Russian president

 Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer became the first European leader to meet Vladimir Putin on Monday after planning a closed-door face-to-face with the Russian president

Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer is set to meet Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Monday following his visit to the war-torn Bucha over the weekend (pictured), as well as having spoken to the leaders of Turkey, Germany and the European Union

Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer is set to meet Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Monday following his visit to the war-torn Bucha over the weekend (pictured), as well as having spoken to the leaders of Turkey, Germany and the European Union

While Nehammer said there was ‘very little interest on the Russian side in a direct meeting’ with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, he said the one glimmer of hope was Putin’s continued interest in the Istanbul peace talks.

In an earlier statement Nehammer had said his meeting between the two men, which took place at Putin’s residence outside Moscow, was not ‘a visit of friendship’.

Nehammer described the conversation as ‘direct, open and hard’.

The Austrian government had requested the meeting be held behind closed doors with no joint pictures or statements from the two leaders.

‘I mentioned the serious war crimes in Bucha and other locations and stressed that all those responsible have to be brought to justice,’ Nehammer said.

Russia denies its forces have committed war crimes.

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