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Watch: See How Ukraine Keeps Killing Russia’s Best Tanks

Tank on Fire in Ukraine
Tank on Fire in Ukraine. Image Credit: Social Media Screenshot.

VIDEO: See Russian Tanks On Fire In Donetsk, Ukraine: Videos shared on social media this week show how Russian tanks are still being destroyed by Ukrainian missiles and bombs.

The videos, both shared by the popular Twitter war tracker account Ukraine Weapons Tracker, show the Russian vehicles left completely destroyed and on fire.

In the first short clip, a Russian T-80BV tank is seen on fire with huge plumes of black smoke rising into the air. The size of the fire and the damage seen surrounding the tank could suggest that the Ukrainian missile strike caused ammunition on board the tank to ignite.

“A Russian T-80BV was destroyed by Ukrainian forces, presumably in the East,” the post reads.

Another clip shows a Russian MT-LM armored personnel carrier also on fire in Donetsk Oblast. The footage, which appears to have been recorded from a rotary-blade drone, shows the vehicle positioned at the edge of a field with the main body completely ablaze.

The personnel carrier, specially fitted with a 23mm autocannon, was reportedly destroyed by the 109th Battalion of the 10th Mountain Assault Brigade.

“A Russian MT-LB armored personnel carrier with a ZU-23-2 23mm autocannon was destroyed by the Ukrainian 109th Battalion of the 10th Mountain Assault Brigade in the vicinity of Soledar, #Donetsk Oblast,” the post reads.

Artillery and UAV Strikes Take Out More Tanks

Additional footage shared by Ukraine’s Border Service also demonstrates just how many Russian tanks have been taken out not just by Ukrainian missile systems but by ammunition dropped from UAVs.

The video compilation offers aerial views of Russian tanks being destroyed in various parts of Ukraine and was accompanied by a message from the Ukrainian Border Service about how troops are getting creative in their efforts to take out Russian vehicles.

“See, target, destroy – this is the principle of aerial reconnaissance of the State Border Service,” the Telegram post reads.

“The video shows the coordinated work of servicemen of the State Border Service with the artillery of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Kupyansk direction. As a result of cooperation, 3 tanks were destroyed and the locations of the occupiers were damaged,” it continues.

This month, Dutch warfare research group Oryx estimated that Russia has lost 1,450 tanks in Ukraine since the invasion began, with almost 900 of those vehicles having been damaged or destroyed. The remaining vehicles have either been abandoned by Russian forces on the battlefield or captured by Ukrainians and redeployed.

Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive’s Breaking News Editor.

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Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive's Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.