A frontline Russian military vehicle is being mocked on social media – with users comparing it to the Mutt Cutts van from 1994 Hollywood comedy Dumb and Dumber.
An image of the Bukhanka – a four-wheel drive off-road van – was shared on X (formerly Twitter) by Rob Lee, a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in the US.
And this particular Bukhanka has an extra feature: tassel-camouflage to throw off enemies using UAV.
Instead of hiding it, the additions have made it more noticeable online, drawing comparisons to the Ford Econoline from the Jim Carey-led blockbuster.
The Bukhanka, real name UAZ-452, is named based on its likeness to the shape of a loaf of bread. Bukhanka translates to ‘loaf’.
After this comparison was pointed out, Lee admitted: “That’s what I thought of as well.”
Another mocking comments said: “Russian cars’ evolution: from a Scooby Doo van to a Chewbacca mobile.”
While a third joked that the bizarre vehicle “looks pretty flammable”.
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In Dumb and Dumber, the Mutts Cutts resembles a massive dog on wheels – the brainchild of Jeff Daniels’s character Harry Dunne, who spends his life savings converting the van into a mobile dog-grooming business.
In November, an online clip showed a helpless Bukhanka being chased down by a Ukrainian drone on the battlefield.
Despite the best efforts of an armed passenger in the van, the drone caught up with them – and blew the vehicle up.
* An AI tool was used to add an extra layer to the editing process for this story.
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