Russian T-72B Obliterated By Anti-Tank Grenade – Incredible video footage shared by the Ground forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Facebook shows how Ukraine’s 59th Motorized Brigade successfully destroyed at least two Russian T-72B-series tanks.
The video footage first shows one tank moving swiftly along a country road, only to be taken out by a Ukrainian strike suddenly.
The tank immediately erupts into flames, and sections of its armor shell can be seen flying into the air.
The blast was also so powerful that the turret is also launched into the air after being completely separated from the rest of the vehicle.
“We arrived…We destroy enemy equipment with everything inside.59 separate motorized infantry brigade named after Yakov Handziuk,” the accompanying Facebook post reads in Ukrainian.
The clip was also shared on Telegram and Twitter, with war analyst Rob Lee noting that the strike was conducted by a Ukrainian drone operator using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) equipped with HEDP grenades.
“Videos from Ukraine’s 59th Motorized Brigade of two Russian T-72B-series tanks destroyed near Pervomaiske and an MT-LB destroyed by a UAV dropping HEDP grenades near Staromykhailivka,” Lee writes.
The term HEDP grenade refers to a high-explosive dual-purpose anti-tank grenade. The grenade is designed to penetrate steel armor as thick as two inches.
A Ukrainian Telegram channel also shared the video, as well as stills from the video that demonstrate just how powerful the explosion was.
The Telegram post confirmed that the tank was destroyed near Pervomayskoye, Donetsk Oblast.
“Destroyed Russian T-72B tank near the N.P. Pervomayskoye Donetsk region. (48.07315, 37.65085),” the post reads.
Videos from Ukraine’s 59th Motorized Brigade of two Russian T-72B-series tanks destroyed near Pervomaiske and an MT-LB destroyed by a UAV dropping HEDP grenades near Staromykhailivka. https://t.co/c5wdAA3q65https://t.co/s3bUmYrAMshttps://t.co/UN1Ak27rhX pic.twitter.com/EOpi13mpBv
— Rob Lee (@RALee85) March 15, 2023
Additional video footage was also shared on Telegram showing a Russian MT-LB tracked armored fighting vehicle being taken out by grenades dropped from drones.
The video shows the MT-LB apparently abandoned in the bushes at the side of a road.
Several grenades are dropped on the vehicle, initially causing minor damage but eventually penetrating and setting the vehicle on fire.
As noted by Rob Lee, the MT-LB was taken out close to Staromykhailivka, also in Donetsk Oblast.
Watch Paratroopers Destroy Russian Tank In Donetsk
Other video footage shared on Telegram on March 15 shows how Ukrainian Airborne Assault troops took out a Russian tank in Donetsk.
In the video, anti-tank gunners hit a Russian tank with an anti-tank missile, quickly setting the tank ablaze.
The clip accompanied a report shared by the Assault Troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and shows how paratroopers continue to hold the defensive lines near Donetsk.
“Our positions are attacked here every day. To oust paratroopers, the enemy often uses armored vehicles: tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, and armored personnel carriers. This time, the enemy threw in a tank along with the infantry to storm positions,” the post reads.
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