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Russian invaders were ambushed by Ukrainian soldiers in another display of tactical humiliation for Vladimir Putin‘s army.

Footage filmed at the start of the war but only recently seen for the first time showed Russian soldiers cowering behind tanks and trees at the side of a road as bullets rained down on them. 

Moscow has suffered multiple defeats because of ‘inept’ tactics that have baffled military experts.

It came as a British military expert said Ukraine was ‘humiliating’ Russia and ‘wiping the floor with them in terms of world opinion’.

Russian troops were ambushed at the start of Putin's invasion of Ukraine, on February 24

Russian troops were ambushed at the start of Putin's invasion of Ukraine, on February 24

Russian troops were ambushed at the start of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, on February 24

Soldiers were seen hiding behind tanks marked with a 'V' symbol as Ukrainian bullets rained down on them

Soldiers were seen hiding behind tanks marked with a 'V' symbol as Ukrainian bullets rained down on them

Soldiers were seen hiding behind tanks marked with a ‘V’ symbol as Ukrainian bullets rained down on them

It was yet another show of inept Russian tactics that has plagued Putin's invasion of Ukraine

It was yet another show of inept Russian tactics that has plagued Putin's invasion of Ukraine

It was yet another show of inept Russian tactics that has plagued Putin’s invasion of Ukraine

Russia has turned to targeting airfields in an attempt to curb the number of Ukrainian planes in the sky

Russia has turned to targeting airfields in an attempt to curb the number of Ukrainian planes in the sky

Russia has turned to targeting airfields in an attempt to curb the number of Ukrainian planes in the sky

Ukrainian ambushes of convoys of Russian tanks and armoured cars has become commonplace

Ukrainian ambushes of convoys of Russian tanks and armoured cars has become commonplace

Ukrainian ambushes of convoys of Russian tanks and armoured cars has become commonplace

The newly-seen footage came as a British military expert said Ukraine was 'humiliating' Russia on the battlefield

The newly-seen footage came as a British military expert said Ukraine was 'humiliating' Russia on the battlefield

The newly-seen footage came as a British military expert said Ukraine was ‘humiliating’ Russia on the battlefield

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Prof Michael Clarke, the former chief of defence and security think tank the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), said the Russians were ‘making almost every tactical mistake it is possible to make’.

‘They look like forces that were completely unprepared, that hadn’t thought through what a major campaign might look like,’ he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

He said: ‘The Ukrainians are stalling the Russian advance in all areas and even operating now quite effective counter attacks. 

‘The Russians are losing a lot of equipment and troops.’

Ukraine has a NATO level command and control system that has been built up with the help of the Alliance since the annexation of Crimea in 2014.   

One Western security source told i News: ‘There has been plenty of operational resource going in to strengthen the capability of Ukrainian armed forces since [the Crimea annexation].

‘And there are some grounds for believing that we are seeing the benefits of that on the front lines in recent days in the form of a stuttering Russian advance.’

Prof Clarke said the attack on a plane repairs factory in Lviv this morning made it ‘clear the Russians are going for the infrastructure that is keeping Ukrainian aircraft in the air’. 

Andriy Sadovyi, mayor of Lviv, said two Russian missiles launched from the Black Sea – likely by warships – had destroyed an aircraft repair facility and a bus garage close to the airport, but there were no immediate reports of casualties because both facilities were shut down. 

Four incoming missiles were shot down, he added. 

Lviv has largely been spared the devastation wreaked by Russia on cities further to the east but is now being dragged into the fighting as Putin’s advance grinds to a halt – forcing his generals to launch long-range strikes on cities in an attempt to weaken their defences and terrorise civilians. Kyiv was also struck in the early hours. 

Russia‘s invasion is grinding into its third week with heavy losses for Moscow, prompting the US to warn that Putin will increasingly resort to nuclear threats in order to keep the West out of the conflict because he will no longer be able to rely on the strength of his conventional forces – which will be weakened in the fighting.

Ukrainians quickly figured that the cumbersome vehicles’ reliance on the road system, combined with low infantry numbers to protect flanks, made the convoys vulnerable to attack if they could be halted by road blocks. 

This has given rise to the highly successful tactic of blocking roads and bridges before launching ambushes from fields and forested areas on the convoy, picking off soldiers unable to escape. 

Alleged war criminal Putin has increasingly ordered his troops to target airfields in a bid to ground Ukraine’s air force.

Russia has caused more than £47.7billion ($62.6billion) of damage to Ukraine’s infrastructure since the start of the war, including £8.29billion ($10.9billion) to civilian and military airports, according to the Kyiv School of Economics.

Smoke rises over the city of Lviv, in western Ukraine, after two Russian cruise missiles hit the city early Friday - destroying an aircraft repair workshop at the airport and a nearby bus garage

Smoke rises over the city of Lviv, in western Ukraine, after two Russian cruise missiles hit the city early Friday - destroying an aircraft repair workshop at the airport and a nearby bus garage

Smoke rises over the city of Lviv, in western Ukraine, after two Russian cruise missiles hit the city early Friday – destroying an aircraft repair workshop at the airport and a nearby bus garage

Advanced Western weaponry and tactics are helping the Ukrainian army to inflict heavy losses on the Russian army despite their inferior numbers, military experts revealed today

Advanced Western weaponry and tactics are helping the Ukrainian army to inflict heavy losses on the Russian army despite their inferior numbers, military experts revealed today

Advanced Western weaponry and tactics are helping the Ukrainian army to inflict heavy losses on the Russian army despite their inferior numbers, military experts revealed today

Javelin missiles use a 'curveball' shot - approaching their target from above - which makes them especially deadly against tanks which have less armour on the top. They also have two warheads which are designed to overcome 'reactive' armour that Russia uses

Javelin missiles use a 'curveball' shot - approaching their target from above - which makes them especially deadly against tanks which have less armour on the top. They also have two warheads which are designed to overcome 'reactive' armour that Russia uses

Javelin missiles use a ‘curveball’ shot – approaching their target from above – which makes them especially deadly against tanks which have less armour on the top. They also have two warheads which are designed to overcome ‘reactive’ armour that Russia uses

Ukraine's air force has been using Turkish-made drones to carry out pop-up attacks with a lethal effectiveness that has surprised Western military experts

Ukraine's air force has been using Turkish-made drones to carry out pop-up attacks with a lethal effectiveness that has surprised Western military experts

Ukraine's air force has been using Turkish-made drones to carry out pop-up attacks with a lethal effectiveness that has surprised Western military experts

Ukraine's air force has been using Turkish-made drones to carry out pop-up attacks with a lethal effectiveness that has surprised Western military experts

Ukraine’s air force has been using Turkish-made drones to carry out pop-up attacks with a lethal effectiveness that has surprised Western military experts. Pictured: A Russian military convoy is targeted and destroyed

The Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles, which carry lightweight, laser-guided bombs, normally excel in low-tech conflicts, and Turkey has over the years sold around 20 to Ukraine

The Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles, which carry lightweight, laser-guided bombs, normally excel in low-tech conflicts, and Turkey has over the years sold around 20 to Ukraine

The Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles, which carry lightweight, laser-guided bombs, normally excel in low-tech conflicts, and Turkey has over the years sold around 20 to Ukraine

So far an estimated 100 of Russia’s 170 battalion tactical groups have been deployed inside Ukraine, armed with tanks, artillery and air defence systems. 

But Putin’s plan for them to cross the Ukrainian border and launch a rapid attack on key cities such as Kharkiv, Kyiv, and Mariupol have exposed the forces vulnerabilities – which are now being exploited by Ukraine.

Convoys of tanks and armoured vehicles, sometimes up to 75 strong, have been seen moving down main roads and fighting for control of major junctions rather than in sweeping moves that include small towns and areas of countryside.

Pictured: Analysis by the Austrian military's R&D department demonstrated the column was part of a larger Russian Battle Tactical Group (BTG). The analysis highlighted different companies within the unit as it came under heavy artillery fire. The analysis showed that the tank column was comprised of Russian BMP-1s (Soviet amphibious landing vehicles), soviet-era T-72 tanks, BTR-82 armoured personnel carriers and a TOS-1 Buratino - the thermobaric launcher. All companies were squeezed into a tight corridor making them easy targets for Ukrainian artillery

Pictured: Analysis by the Austrian military's R&D department demonstrated the column was part of a larger Russian Battle Tactical Group (BTG). The analysis highlighted different companies within the unit as it came under heavy artillery fire. The analysis showed that the tank column was comprised of Russian BMP-1s (Soviet amphibious landing vehicles), soviet-era T-72 tanks, BTR-82 armoured personnel carriers and a TOS-1 Buratino - the thermobaric launcher. All companies were squeezed into a tight corridor making them easy targets for Ukrainian artillery

Pictured: Analysis by the Austrian military’s R&D department demonstrated the column was part of a larger Russian Battle Tactical Group (BTG). The analysis highlighted different companies within the unit as it came under heavy artillery fire. The analysis showed that the tank column was comprised of Russian BMP-1s (Soviet amphibious landing vehicles), soviet-era T-72 tanks, BTR-82 armoured personnel carriers and a TOS-1 Buratino – the thermobaric launcher. All companies were squeezed into a tight corridor making them easy targets for Ukrainian artillery

Ukrainian leaders are said to be receiving a mixture of open source satellite imagery, signals intelligence intercepted from Russia, and military-grade imagery of targets with precise locations through intelligence partners in Western countries

Ukrainian leaders are said to be receiving a mixture of open source satellite imagery, signals intelligence intercepted from Russia, and military-grade imagery of targets with precise locations through intelligence partners in Western countries

Ukrainian leaders are said to be receiving a mixture of open source satellite imagery, signals intelligence intercepted from Russia, and military-grade imagery of targets with precise locations through intelligence partners in Western countries

It is targeted by the weapon

It is targeted by the weapon

It begins to go down in flames

It begins to go down in flames

The video shows the helicopter being hit as it goes up in flames, beginning to go lower and lower down

A Russian armoured vehicle sits by the side of the road in Brovary, to the east of Kyiv, after being destroyed in an artillery and rocket ambush that caused heavy casualties

A Russian armoured vehicle sits by the side of the road in Brovary, to the east of Kyiv, after being destroyed in an artillery and rocket ambush that caused heavy casualties

A Russian armoured vehicle sits by the side of the road in Brovary, to the east of Kyiv, after being destroyed in an artillery and rocket ambush that caused heavy casualties

A Ukrainian serviceman aims towards Russian positions outside the city of Brovary, east of Kyiv, on March 9, 2022

A Ukrainian serviceman aims towards Russian positions outside the city of Brovary, east of Kyiv, on March 9, 2022

A Ukrainian serviceman aims towards Russian positions outside the city of Brovary, east of Kyiv, on March 9, 2022

Lightly armed infantry have been able to use shoulder-fired missiles to wreak havoc on columns of advancing Russian tanks and armoured vehicles, relatively cheap surface to air missiles have helped deny the Russian air force control of the skies and Turkish-made drones have proved devastatingly effective at both airstrikes and reconnaissance. 

Similarly, US and British special forces have trained their Ukrainian counterparts for years and they have deployed ambush tactics to spectacular effect – aided by ‘inept’ Russian commanders preference for advancing down major roads in single file. 

Russia has lost 8,000 soldiers killed during three weeks of fighting in Ukraine, according to conservative estimates from the Pentagon suggest, accounting for nearly a fifth of the estimated 150,000 men that Putin amassed on the border.

Some 430 tanks and 1,375 armoured vehicles are said to have been knocked out of action, with many seen abandoned on highways following ambushes by agile forces that will launch their attacks from nearby fields and forests – out of reach of the lumbering Russian artillery.   

Which weapons are Ukrainian soldiers using against Russia? 

Javelin and NLAW anti-tank missiles

Cost: £130,000 each (Javelin missile), £35,000 each (NLAW)

Range: 18,000 ft (Javelin) and 3,300 ft (NLAW)

Warhead: 19 lb highly explosive warhead (Javelin), 27 lb HEAT warhead (NLAW) 

How many has Ukraine received? 300 Javelins from the US and unknown number from UK and Estonia, at least 2,000 NLAWS

Many of the startling images of Russian tanks destroyed and burned out on Ukrainian roads are the result of one weapon – the ‘life giving’ Javelin.

These compact, shoulder-mounted missile launchers provided by Western countries including the UK and US have become a symbol of Ukraine’s defiant resistance to Russia’s invasion and are seen as the best way for the West to contribute without entering direct conflict. 

Capable of piercing the most sophisticated armour, deliveries of Javelins have massively stepped since the Kremlin launched its invasion on February 24.

According to a senior US official, the Ukrainians have already received some 17,000 anti-tank weapons from various Western countries, including several hundred Javelin launchers.

Bayraktar TB2 drones

Cost: Around £3.7million ($5 million) each

Range: 150 km with 300-litre fuel capacity

Payload: 330 lb of precision-guided munitions 

How many has Ukraine received? Several batches from Turkey said to total around 20, but official figure unknown

Ukraine’s air force has been using Turkish-made drones to carry out pop-up attacks with a lethal effectiveness that has surprised Western military experts.

The Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles, which carry lightweight, laser-guided bombs, normally excel in low-tech conflicts, and Turkey has over the years sold around 20 to Ukraine.

Stinger surface-to-air missiles

Cost: £97,000 ($130,000) per unit

Range: 15,000 ft with infrared homing

Warhead: Highly explosive 2.25 lb warhead

How many has Ukraine received? Unknown quantity from Latvia and Lithuania

Defence analysts have said one of Russia’s costliest mistakes is its lack of air superiority over Ukraine three weeks into the conflict and that this fails to reflect the tactics used by President Putin in his aerial bombardments of Syria and Chechnya.

Instead of sweeping air raids by Russian jets, the skies are being filled by surface-to-air missiles deployed by Ukrainians to pick away at the invading air force, one fighter at a time.

A file photo showing troops using  a Stinger missile using Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADs) off the coast of Crete, Greece in November 2017

A file photo showing troops using  a Stinger missile using Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADs) off the coast of Crete, Greece in November 2017

A file photo showing troops using  a Stinger missile using Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADs) off the coast of Crete, Greece in November 2017

Soldiers have been armed with more Western weapons that give them the ability to shoot down Russian aircraft and cruise missiles at relatively close quarters.

The Stinger missile, which sits on the operator’s shoulder like the Javelin, was first developed in the US in 1981 and bears many of the same compact and portable benefits that help with ambush tactics.

Deployed to key frontline battle areas over the last few weeks, verified footage has shown surface-to-air missiles downing a Russian Su-25 fighter in Kharkiv, and a helicopter bursting into flames in a field near Kyiv.

S-300 surface-to-air missiles

Cost: £87million ($115 million) per system, £760,000 ($1million) per rocket

Range: 93 miles

Warhead: Highly explosive 315 lb fragmentation warhead

How many has Ukraine received? Unknown quantity from Slovakia

While Ukraine has been effective at knocking out Russia’s air power from close quarters, officials in Washington are arranging for it to acquire systems that can strike attacking aircraft much further away.

According to a military source, the systems are the Soviet/Russian-made S-300, which like the US-made Patriot system, is a fully automated, ground-based radar-and-missile launcher unit that can detect, track and fire at multiple incoming aerial threats at long distances.

Ukrainians already know how to operate the S-300, and the United States and a number of NATO countries possess the systems or components for them to supply Ukraine.

Slovakia, one of three NATO allies that have the S-300 missile defense system, have preliminarily agreed to provide the defence system but officials want assurances that the systems will be replaced immediately.

S-300s would be one of the most dangerous and deadly weapons in the Ukrainian arsenal.

It works via a long-range surveillance radar system tracking objects over a range of 300km and relaying information to a command vehicle which chooses a target.

Within five minutes of stopping, a separate launch vehicle can be prepared to launch up to 12 missiles simultaneously, engaging as many as six targets.

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