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Ukrainian thank-you message pokes fun at Russian aerial failures

Ukrainian forces have once again poked fun at Russia, posting a video highlighting their forces' aerial failures.

On the surface, the video posted by the Ukrainian Air Force is a thank you to Norway for supplying them with advanced surface-to-air missile systems (NASAMS).

However, the footage continues to show multiple pieces of downed Russian equipment accompanied by the sounds of Grieg's In the Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt.

The Ukrainian Air Force's tweet reads: "This winter, Ukrainians won't have to travel to see the northern lights. The land of the peace prize is protecting our cities from war. NASAMS. Thank you, Norway."

The Norwegian-developed weapons have provided medium-to long-range defence against Russian attacks.

NASAMS can fire short-range AIM-9X Sidewinder missiles plus the medium-range AIM-120 – identical to the missiles used on fighter aircraft.

This is not the first time Ukraine has used social media posts to troll or mock Russia.

In August, Ukrainians were seen parading dozens of wrecked Russian tanks and armoured vehicles on the streets of Kyiv.

Crowds of people took to the streets in Kyiv at the weekend where a display of burnt-out Russian military vehicles lined the road with footage posted online on the official page of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

The post came with the comment: "In February, Russians were planning a parade in downtown Kyiv.

"Six months into the large-scale war the shameful display of rusty Russian metal is a reminder to all dictators how their plans may be ruined by a free and courageous nation."

Watch: Ukrainians parade wrecked Russian vehicles on Kyiv streets.

The exhibition of destroyed tanks and other Russian military vehicles was posted on Twitter by Ukraine's Ministry of Defense (MOD).

Ukrainians have been parading around the lineup of the wreckage, displayed like an exhibition of war trophies, with many, including children, climbing on the burnt-out vehicles or stopping to take pictures and pose for photographs next to them.

The Ukrainian MOD has consistently posted memes and videos to troll Russia and portray the country as the proud underdog up against the might of a dictatorial oppressor.

In one social media post, for example, Ukraine's MOD mocked Russia with a photograph of what it suggests is a Russian tourist who appears to be giving away the position of Russian air defence positions.

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