Brave ‘Ukrainian Hulk’ stands in front of Russian tank and ‘stops it barehanded’

A man is being hailed as the "Ukranian Hulk" after video footage emerged of him trying to block Russian tanks advancing with his bare hands.

Reports suggest that Vladimir Putin and Russia have been caught off-guard by Ukrainian resistance, and that resistance was embodied in the moment that the man stretched out his hands and pushed back against a tank in Bakhmach, north-east of Kyiv.

The clip of the unidentified man was shared yesterday (Tuesday, February 28), by Ukraine's official Instagram account, accompanied by the triumphant message: "UKRAINIAN HULK STOPPED RUSSIAN TANK BAREHAND."

Days beforehand, a similar scene unfolded, when footage showed a man charge at Russian tanks and hit them with his bare hands. The armoured vehicles swerve to avoid him while a group of people watching scream in fear.

It is unclear where the footage was filmed but the man's actions sparked comparisons to the photo of a man standing down a line of four Chinese tanks in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in June 1989.

Slava Ukraini, which translates as glory to Ukraine, has been the battle cry of the resistance, with Boris Johnson even using the term in an address posted on Twitter.

"This crisis, this tragedy, can and must come to an end. Because the world needs a free and sovereign Ukraine," the UK prime minister said.

But Russia is not having it all their own way. According to Ukraine's Defence Ministry, Russia has lost about 4,300 troops and nearly 150 tanks, and both Kyiv, the capital, and Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, are still under Ukrainian control.

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The Russian Defence Ministry is adamant that the campaign has been successful, but a senior US official said there were indications that Moscow had become frustrated by slow progress due to the unexpectedly strong Ukrainian defence and failure to achieve complete air dominance.

On Saturday (February 26), the UK's Ministry of Defence tweeted that Russian military progress was stalling.

Other videos coming out of Ukraine have shown ordinary citizens standing up to Russian soldiers, such as when an elderly man told them they were "puppets".

The man claimed he too was Russian but that invading forces had no right to be there.

In another video, Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelenskyy was praised for having "balls of steel" after appearing in the capital city of Kyiv and promising to not give up.

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