Abandoned Russian Tank Destroyed By Super Accurate Strike – Impressive video footage shared on Telegram and Twitter in recent days shows how Ukrainian soldiers are capable of taking out Russian tanks from a distance using drones and grenades.
The clip starts by showing a Russian T-80BV tank somewhere in eastern Ukraine.
It is unclear whether the tank was abandoned, although with the gunner’s hatch open, it is likely the case.
Halfway through the video, a Ukrainian munition, likely a grenade, can be seen falling from the air and landing right in the gunner’s hatch.
Moments later, the munition explodes and creates an immediate torrent of thick smoke that pours out of the top of the vehicle.
The tank then erupts into flames and the drone gradually rises higher into the air to avoid the flames.
The tank continues to burn, with occasional bursts indicating that something flammable caught fire inside of the vehicle.
The video was shared on Twitter by popular war tracking account, Ukraine Weapons Tracker.
“A precise strike by a Ukrainian drone-delivered munition destroyed an abandoned Russian T-80BV tank in the east, having been lowered right inside the Gunner’s hatch,” the post reads.
The video is one of many examples of Ukrainian soldiers working to ensure that any Russian tanks left on the battlefield can never be easily recovered by the Russians. This is particularly true in areas where fighting remains intense and Ukrainian forces may not be able to safely recover the vehicle to be repurposed and refurbished.
Russian forces could easily recover the vehicle if this particular area happened to be recaptured by the Russians in the near future – and with a renewed Russian offensive already underway in Donetsk Oblast, that possibility isn’t off the cards.
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The video comes as fighting in Donetsk Oblast intensifies, particularly in areas surrounding the town of Vuhledar.
Politico reported last week that Russia may have lost an entire brigade from the elite 155th naval infantry during the storming of Vuhledar. The report cites Oleksiy Dmytrashkivskyi, the head of the press center for the Tavriskiy District of the Ukrainian defense forces.
“A large number of enemy forces, including the command staff, were destroyed near Vuhledar and Mariinka in Donetsk Oblast,” Dmytrashkivskyi said. “In addition, over the past week, the enemy lost about 130 units of equipment, including 36 units of tanks.”
The same Ukrainian official said that the brigade was made up of as many as 5,000 soldiers.
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