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Video: Lone Ukraine Paratrooper Single-Handedly Blows Up Russian tank

Russian T-80 tank. Image Credit: Creative Commons.
Russian T-80 tank. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

Ukraine is doing all it can to push back Russian military forces, sometimes overcoming odds that seem almost unthinkable: 

A video appears to show a Ukrainian paratrooper single-handedly striking and destroying a Russian tank.

The footage was posted on Twitter by the official account of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, showing a Russian T-80BV tank driving down a dirt road before a Ukrainian soldier fires a weapon at it.

The weapon strikes the tank and causes an explosion. The tank continues to move as smoke billows from it, and it appears to attempt to fire back at the soldier. A second, smaller explosion then appears to hit the tank.

Watch the video above.

According to the Ukraine Weapons Tracker Twitter, the incident occurred in east Ukraine, and the lone soldier destroyed the tank.

It said the attack launched by a paratrooper of the 95th Air Assault Brigade.

Insider was unable to verify the video independently. Nor was 19FortyFive after speaking to several experts with vast knowledge of Russian military hardware.

While it is unclear what weapon the soldier was using, Ukrainian forces have successfully destroyed tanks with handheld anti-tank weapons such as the Next Generation Light Anti-tank Weapon (NLAW), Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, and Javelins.

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Alia Shoaib is a junior news reporter on the weekend team, based in London.