A RUSSIAN tourist posing in his speedos has given away the position of anti-aircraft missiles, Ukraine has said.

The holiday snap shows the potbellied man standing beside missile battery Kiev says is on the Crimean peninsula, which is popular with Russian tourists.


Crimea was illegally annexed by Russia in 2014 but its forces were hit by massive blitz carried out by the Ukrainians, which forced tourists on nearby beaches to flee for their lives.

The picture of the unwitting agent was released by Ukraine’s defence ministry along with a mocking note of thanks for his help.

“Maybe we are being too hard on Russian tourists…Sometimes they can be really helpful.

“Like this man taking pictures at Russian air defense positions near Yevpatoria, in occupied Crimea.

“Thank you and keep up the good work!”

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The picture come after pro-Russian mercenaries in Ukraine were killed in a rocket strike – after a photo gave away the position of their HQ.

Wagner Group hardmen were wiped out after a Vladimir Putin propagandist posted a picture which included a street name.

Sharp-eyed Ukrainian artillery teams noticed war correspondent Serhiy Sreda’s blunder and blasted the base with US-made HIMARS rockets.

Another of Sreda’s pictures showed a sign with the address of the nearest bomb shelter.

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After the attack on an airbase Russian tourists were warned not to visit Crimea in a mock advert released by Ukraine featuring the Bananarama soundtrack.

The video comes after blasts hit an airbase on the peninsula, sending holiday makers fleeing from a nearby beach, in an area which is popular with Russian visitors.

The attack left at least one person dead, up to 20 aeroplanes destroyed, and around $1 billion of damage, according to Anton Gerashchenko, advisor to Ukraine's Minister of Internal Affairs.

Officials in Kyiv have so far stopped short of directly claiming responsibility to the attack.

But the country’s defence ministry released a video accompanied by Bananarama’s ‘Cruel Summer’, which was a hit for the legendary girl band in 1983.

The mock advert begins with words “you had a few options this summer” on screen and then offers Dubai, Turkey and Cuba as alternatives.

You chose Crimea – big mistake,” says the video with footage of the flames coming from the base.

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A sobbing Russian tourist heading home in car after her holiday was rudely interrupted.

The words ‘Crimea is Ukraine’ then appear before it fades out.


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