Pro-Russia rebels challenge Ukraine government to ultimate tank showdown to end conflict | Daily Mail Online
Ukraine’s pro-Russian rebels have challenged the government to a tank biathlon in a ‘clash of the titans’ event to end the ongoing conflict.
In a challenge reminiscent of gladiator battles or the Siege of Troy, the rebels have suggested the two sides pit their strongest champions against each other in a one-to-one tank battle.
But the Ukraine government have dismissed the challenge as ‘the height of madness’.
‘We call on your champions to compete in a tank biathlon,’ said Major Petr Ruchov, commander of the 1st tank battalion with the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.
He continued, in an official rebel press release: ‘According to tradition in ancient times, if the outcome of battle was difficult or uncertain, a duel between the strongest soldiers was appointed.
‘This second year of confrontation…can reasonably be regarded as such a situation.’
The DPR announced this week its intention to hold its first-ever tank biathlon contest for local militias and self-defence forces from the neighbouring Lugansk republic, reported news agency Novorossia.
It suggested that the outcome of the event should settle the ongoing Ukrainian conflict once and for all.
À l’occasion de la finale du biathlon des tanks aux Jeux militaires internationaux organisés par la Russie qui opposera aujourd’hui la Russie, la Chine, l’Inde et le Kazakhstan.