Key Point: The T-90M costs roughly $4.5 million to produce, making it a valuable tool on the battlefield and a high-value target for Ukrainian forces.
The war in Ukraine won’t end anytime soon.
And yet, despite incredible odds, Kyiv is going toe to toe with Putin’s military machine.
Social media is showing us time and time again how that keeps occurring.
Social Media Sets the Scene in Ukraine
The tank appears to be abandoned, parked as it is on uneven ground, and the video clip shares some information about the vehicle.
The tanks were first delivered to the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in 2020.
While they have proven useful for Russian forces in Ukraine, very few of these advanced tanks exist. Less than 100 units have been manufactured since the platform’s introduction in 2016.
T-90M Isn’t Cheap
The clip was posted on Telegram by Ukraine’s K2 unit. In the accompanying post, the unit describes how aerial reconnaissance discovered the tank.
“At the enemy position, aerial reconnaissance found a tank … Leaving it in working condition is a sin. It was decided to destroy. The operation lasted half a night and you see the results on video,” the post reads.
The clip offers a view of the strikes on the tank from the perspective of a Ukrainian drone. As the drone approaches the tank, it slowly begins to aim until the vehicle is in the center of its crosshairs. The drone operator then releases munitions that land on top of the tank, destroying it.
Geolocators found the precise location of the strike, noting that it occurred close to Spirne, in Donetsk oblast. One volunteer for the @GeoConfirmed Twitter account, which provides exact locations for all sorts of incidents globally, provided photographs and satellite imagery that prove the attack occurred at 48.810599, 38.269599.
Ukrainian forces often use drones as an easy and efficient way to take out equipment and vehicles that have been abandoned by the Russian military.
The strikes ensure these vehicles cannot easily be recovered in the event that enemy troops eventually find themselves back in their old, abandoned positions.
— Rob Lee (@RALee85) May 26, 2023
Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive’s Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.