Footage from the northeastern town of Bakhmach captures shouting men throwing themselves into the pathways of the vehicles with their arms in the air.
At one point a man riding on the front of a tank jumps down in front of it and brings it to a standstill, trying to push it back with his bare hands.
Gasps are heard from the people filming the incident as the man confronts the Russian troops and the vehicles appear to drive around him.
He then kneels in front of it before leaping out of the way in the nick of time as the tank accelerates away leaving a trail of smoke behind it.
Watch the video here