Kamikaze weapons such as loitering drones are one of the most lethal weapons of the Ukraine war.
Both Kyiv and Moscow are using such weapons on a daily basis and much of the footage is appearing on social media.
It seems, at least for the moment, Ukraine has the advantage – at least by the about of videos that are online.
See This Footage – Russian Tanks Destroyed in Donetsk by Kamikaze Weapons
At the end of the nine-second clip, shared by Ukraine Weapons Tracker (@UAEwapons), one of the tanks was seen burning while it also appeared the other vehicle had taken significant damage.
The unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were reported to have been operated by the SBU “Alpha” SSO – the elite Ukrainian Spetsnaz group branch of the Security Service of Ukraine.
The Alpha Group previously took part in combat operations in the defense of the city of Kharkiv, during the Northeastern Ukraine campaign; and later it took part in the liberation of several Ukrainian settlements during last fall’s counteroffensive.
The unit has also conducted operations to capture fifth columnists, Russian sympathizers, spies, and infiltrators.
The ordnance employed against the Russian tanks was reported based on the PG-7L HEAT RPG projectile – a 93mm HEAT (High Explosive Anti-Tank) warhead that was designed to be effective against most vehicles and fortified targets.
The two MBTs were also reportedly destroyed in the Donetsk Oblast. This region has seen ongoing fighting since parts of it came under the control of Russian-backed separatists who have declared the Donetsk People’s Republic.
Last fall, Moscow declared the annexation of the entirety of the oblast along with three other regions – though the annexation remains internationally unrecognized. Yet, currently, only about half of the Donetsk Oblast is under Russian control.
It could also be described as a graveyard of Russian tanks.
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Aerial footage filmed by drones showed a column of tanks come under attack, confirming that a significant number of vehicles were lost in just one strike.
Russia’s tank losses have been so great in Ukraine that the Kremlin responded by sending a significant number of Cold War-era T-62s to the front lines to bolster its armored forces.
And as previously reported, back in March, even older vehicles, including the T-54/55 series tanks, were seen loaded onto train cars and heading from long-term storage facilities.
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