The war in Ukraine has raged on for nearly a year and a half and shows no end in sight.
That is terrible news for Russian President Putin, as he has lost thousands of tanks in the process.
And to make matters worse, he is replacing his best tanks with armor that could belong in World War II or the Korean war.
It seems like social media will be able to capture it all for us.
Footage: Russian T-72B Destroyed in Ukraine
What We Know: AT4 Attack?
The 21-second-long video didn’t actually show the tank coming under fire, but it appears that Ukrainian forces seen in a small bunker on the frontlines had used a man-portable anti-tank weapon to target and destroy the vechicle.
In the clip, the T-72B is seen smoldering, while a Ukrainian trooper playfully waves at the camera.
Originally developed by Förenade Fabriksverken (FFV) and manufactured at their facility at Zakrisdal, Karlstad, Sweden, the AT4 took many design elements from the Swedish military’s Carl Gustaf 8.4cm recoilless rifle.
However, the disposable weapon was designed around a reinforced smoothbore fiberglass outer tube.
It can be easily operated by a single soldier.
It is now manufactured by Saab Bofors Dynamics and remains among the most cost-effective platforms for infantry to destroy an enemy tank.
Depending on the model, the AT4 has a range of 200 to 600 meters, while it is capable of penetrating rolled homogenous armor (RHA) up to 420mm (17.5 inches) thick.
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Another One Bites the Dust
David Axe, writing for Forbes.com back in March, was among the reporters who have suggested that the Kremlin is now running out of T-72s, its most widely employed main battle tank (MBT).
As a result, Russia has been forced to employ its newly-mobilized tank battalions with obsolete T-62 and T-80B MBTs and now older T-54 and T-55 tanks.
Though newer than the T-72, the T-80 is considered to be a far more complicated machine that is harder to manufacture and even harder to service in the field.
The T-62 is a truly antiquated piece of hardware that was largely retired from the Soviet arsenal and is only now being returned to service to bolster Russia’s tank numbers.
As a result of the decision to send these old tanks to a new fight, we’ll likely continue to see similar vehicles of burning hulks spewn across the fields of Ukraine.
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A Senior Editor for 19FortyFive, Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer. He has contributed to more than four dozen magazines, newspapers, and websites with over 3,200 published pieces over a twenty-year career in journalism. He regularly writes about military hardware, firearms history, cybersecurity, politics, and international affairs. Peter is also a Contributing Writer for Forbes and Clearance Jobs. You can follow him on Twitter: @PeterSuciu.