Pro-Russian Ukrainian rebels have challenged the government to hold a tank biathlon during a “Clash of the Titans” event to end the ongoing conflict.
In a challenge reminiscent of gladiatorial battles or the Siege of Troy, the rebels suggested that the two sides pit their stronger champions against each other in a one-on-one tank battle.
But the Ukrainian government dismissed the challenge as “the height of madness”.
“We call on your champions to participate in a tank biathlon,” said Major Petr Ruchov, commander of the 1st tank battalion of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.
Tank games: pro-Russian rebels challenged the Ukrainian government to participate in a biathlon event with tanks, in order to end the Ukrainian conflict (pictured, tanks take part in a biathlon event in Russia 2014)
Ultimate Showdown: A rebel commander asked Russia to send its champions to a one-on-one battle of strength (pictured, tanks take part in a biathlon event in Russia 2014)
He continued, in an official rebel press release: âAccording to the tradition of ancient times, if the outcome of the battle was difficult or uncertain, a duel between the stronger soldiers was organized.
“This second year of confrontation … can reasonably be considered such a situation.”
The RPD this week announced plans to hold its first-ever tank biathlon competition for local militias and self-defense forces in the neighboring Lugansk republic, the news agency reported. Novorossia.
He suggested that the outcome of the event should settle the ongoing Ukrainian conflict once and for all.
Send in your champions: The rebel group this week announced plans to hold its first-ever tank biathlon competition (pictured, tanks take part in a biathlon event in Russia 2014)
The tank biathlon event was invented in Russia in 2013, as an opportunity for countries to demonstrate their military might and improve their agility and firepower.
Teams have to race against each other, overcome obstacles and water traps while shooting targets.
This proposal is the height of madness.
Missing a target means that the team must complete an additional lap of the track.
The rebels added that the event would allow them “to demonstrate skills such as rate of fire, accuracy and improve the driving performance of our drivers.”
But the Ukrainian army refused to consider the rebels’ suggestion.
“This proposal is the height of madness,” said army spokesman Colonel Andriy Lysenko.
‘It does not mean anything. Why do we have to play games with terrorists? The only thing we have to do with the terrorists is to neutralize them.
âWe will not accept this proposal. Already.’
Show of strength: the tank biathlon event was invented in Russia in 2013, as an opportunity for countries to demonstrate their military might and improve their agility and firepower (in the photo, tanks participate in a biathlon event in Russia 2014)
Clash of the Titans: Rebels hope the event will end the two-year conflict, pitting their ‘strongest soldiers’ against each other to resolve the fighting (pictured, tanks take part in a biathlon event in Russia 2014)
Social media in Ukraine was teeming with theories that invitations to former Soviet states could be used as cover to bring a shipment of tanks, crews and trainers to eastern Ukraine without arousing suspicion from the government of Kiev, reported The temperature.
The Ukrainian conflict, now well into its second year, claimed the lives of 7,000 people.
In a separate event, Russia will today host the International Army Games final, which will culminate in the much-anticipated tank biathlon final.
Russia are the overwhelming favorites to win the Games, which kicked off August 1, after securing a clear victory in Thursday’s tank biathlon semi-final.
Russia will face teams from China, India and Kazakhstan in the final today.