Police truck laden with 27 anti-war protesters is hit by car and CRASHES onto its side


This is the terrifying moment a Russian detention truck is hit by a car and crashes into a lamppost – with 27 anti-war protesters locked inside. 

The large police van was speeding to a detention centre in Moscow when the driver was hit by a car, sending him in the direction of a street light with protesters stuck inside.

Before the incident occurred, CCTV footage shows another motorist cut in front of the police van at a crossroad, causing the vehicles to crash.

But to avoid further damage, the driver to swerves onto the pavement at speed – crashing into a lamppost, which hurled the vehicle onto its side.

A separate video taken of the vehicle after the incident showed the van surrounded by Russian cops as shocked bystanders took pictures of the crash.

Three detainees needed urgent medical treatment, and ten people were injured – including three police officers.  

This is the terrifying moment a Russian detention truck crashed into a lamppost and turned onto its side - with 27 anti-war protesters locked inside

This is the terrifying moment a Russian detention truck crashed into a lamppost and turned onto its side – with 27 anti-war protesters locked inside

The large police van was speeding to a detention centre when the driver crashed at speed into a street light, forcing the truck onto its side and taking off the roof

The large police van was speeding to a detention centre when the driver crashed at speed into a street light, forcing the truck onto its side and taking off the roof

A separate video taken of the vehicle after the incident showed the van surrounded by Russian cops as shocked bystanders took pictures of the crash. Three detainees needed urgent medical treatment, and ten people were injured, including three police officers

A separate video taken of the vehicle after the incident showed the van surrounded by Russian cops as shocked bystanders took pictures of the crash. Three detainees needed urgent medical treatment, and ten people were injured, including three police officers

It comes as more than 3,500 people were detained at protests across Russia on Sunday for daring to demonstrate about Vladimir Putin's invasion in Ukraine, including 1,700 in Moscow, 750 in St Petersburg and 1,061 in other cities

It comes as more than 3,500 people were detained at protests across Russia on Sunday for daring to demonstrate about Vladimir Putin’s invasion in Ukraine, including 1,700 in Moscow, 750 in St Petersburg and 1,061 in other cities

It comes as more than 3,500 people were detained at protests across Russia on Sunday for daring to demonstrate about Vladimir Putin’s invasion in Ukraine, including 1,700 in Moscow, 750 in St Petersburg and 1,061 in other cities.

The interior ministry said 5,200 people had taken part in the protests.

The protest monitoring group OVD-Info said said it had documented the detention of at least 4,366 people in 56 different cities.

The protests took place across Russia despite a huge presence by the security authorities, and the threat of mass arrests for those participating.

‘We must speak out against this war,’ said a grandmother in her 60s, protesting in Moscow.

‘I will not be gagged – Putin does not represent me with this genocide in Ukraine,’ said an IT manager, 36. 

SAINT PETERSBURG: Two protesters are detained by riot police after taking part in a demonstration against Russia's invasion of Ukraine

SAINT PETERSBURG: Two protesters are detained by riot police after taking part in a demonstration against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

MOSCOW: Four police officers are seen carrying a masked protester who was rallying against Russia's invasion of Ukraine

MOSCOW: Four police officers are seen carrying a masked protester who was rallying against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

MOSCOW: A woman shouts as two officers detain her for taking part in an anti-war protest in Moscow on Sunday afternoon

MOSCOW: A woman shouts as two officers detain her for taking part in an anti-war protest in Moscow on Sunday afternoon

In Vladimir Putin’s home city there were reports that detention centres were full. Detained protesters were held in cells in Leningrad region outside the city.

‘The screws are being fully tightened – essentially we are witnessing military censorship,’ said Maria Kuznetsova, from the OVD-Info’ protest monitoring group.

‘We are seeing rather big protests today, even in Siberian cities where we only rarely saw such numbers of arrests.’ 

Thousands of protesters chanted ‘No to war!’ and ‘Shame on you!’, according to videos posted on social media by opposition activists and bloggers.

Dozens of protesters in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg were shown being detained.

One protester there was shown being beaten on the ground by police in riot gear. A mural in the city showing President Vladimir Putin was defaced.

YEKATERINBURG: A person is detained during an anti-war protest, in Yekaterinburg, Russia, following Russia's invasion of Ukraine

YEKATERINBURG: A person is detained during an anti-war protest, in Yekaterinburg, Russia, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

MOSCOW: A man is detained by armed officers - one of the more than 10,000 Russians to have been arrested since Russia's invasion of Ukraine

MOSCOW: A man is detained by armed officers – one of the more than 10,000 Russians to have been arrested since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

MOSCOW: Russian police officers patrolling the streets of Moscow ahead of the planned demonstration against the invasion of Ukraine

MOSCOW: Russian police officers patrolling the streets of Moscow ahead of the planned demonstration against the invasion of Ukraine

Memorial, Russia’s most prominent rights group, said that one of its leading activists, Oleg Orlov, was detained on Moscow’s Manezhnaya Ploshchad square as he held a placard.

‘The screws are being fully tightened – essentially we are witnessing military censorship,’ Maria Kuznetsova, OVD-Info’s spokeswoman, said by telephone from Tbilisi.

‘We are seeing rather big protests today, even in Siberian cities where we only rarely saw such numbers of arrests.’

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