WATCH: New Russian T-90M Tank Engages In Combat – Video footage of a brand new Russian T-90M Proryv tank was shared on Twitter on Wednesday, offering a look into the experience of a Russian soldier fighting in one of the few brand-new tanks Russia has sent to Ukraine in recent months.
The video, shot from the perspective of a soldier on board the vehicle, shows the tank traveling through an unknown part of Ukraine.
The surroundings indicate that heavy combat has occurred and appear to show former residential buildings.
The tank drives down what may once have been a residential street, with destroyed buildings and fences on either side, before coming to a halt and firing at a target in the distance.
Seconds after the tank launches a rocket, an explosion can be heard in the distance.
It is unclear whether the explosion was the tank’s rocket striking its target or other tanks and artillery systems in the distance launching similar strikes.
You can watch the video here.
T-90M: Watch From Above
Another video of a new T-90M Russian tank operating in the Zhuravka area was also shared online this week – first on Telegram, and later on Twitter.
The video, which appears to have been recorded by rotary-blade unmanned aerial vehicles, shows multiple Russian tanks from the 3rd Motorized Rifle Division operating on the Kreminna-Svatove front. The UAV zooms out for some time, showing the vast rural land surrounding the tanks, only to zoom in again and show the tanks engaging in combat.
“T-90M Proryv 3 MSD terrorize the Ukrainian infantry in support in the area of the Zhuravka creek. Everyday wars, Svatovo-Kremennaya front,” a Telegram post from January 21 reads.
One Twitter user, in response to a post by researcher Robert Lee, shared the exact location of the video. The user said that the region is known as the “Zhuravka gully” by the Russians, east of Makiivka in Luhansk Oblast.
“Location: called the “Zhuravka gully” at least by Russians, east of Makiivka (Макіївка), Luhansk Oblast, right tank at 49.204653, 38.046497,” the user writes, adding a link to the exact location on Google Maps.
Despite ongoing sanctions that make importing essential components for modern weapons impossible, Russia’s UralVagonZavod manufacturer continues to produce new T-90M Proroyv tanks – though still not at a pace that will replenish tanks at the same rate at which they are lost.
Writing on Telegram in early January, UralVagonZavod confirmed that a new batch of tanks was ready for delivery to the front lines, suggesting that the tanks seen in the videos could be among the latest tanks delivered by the company.
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