Driver Gets a Big Scare When a Tank Smashes Through the Road

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Imagine driving along like normal and then suddenly seeing a tank smash through the central reservation of the road—that is exactly what happened yesterday to one unlucky driver in Mariupol, a major city in the south east of Ukraine. The armoured vehicle, with Ukrainian military markings, made mincemeat of an advertising billboard while the driver of the car got a big scare but was luckily unharmed.

Mariupol is on Ukraine's coast and less than 500km west of Russian controlled Crimea. It is currently in a high state of tension with pro-Russian separatists controlling large areas of the city, a potential referendum on sovereignty looming and fatal clashes reported in recent days.This New York Times article describes Ukrainian government armored vehicles confronting rebellious police officers on the same day as the video was shot, with one vehicle said to have been captured intact by separatist forces after its engine failed.