Dramatic footage has shown the moment a Russian tank was destroyed by an anti-tank-guided missile fired by jubilant Ukrainian soldiers. The first footage shows the anti-tank-guided rocket being fired at the Russian tank, which can be seen advancing before it is hit and destroyed as the Ukrainian soldiers cheer.
A second piece of footage appears to show the Russian tank exploding from a different angle.
The clips were obtained from the 8th Separate Mountain Assault Battalion of the 10th Separate Mountain Assault Brigade of the Ukrainian Ground Forces on Wednesday, March 15, together with a statement saying: “The moment of the launch of the ‘Stugna-P’ ATGM, before the destruction of the enemy tank.
“Emotions of the crew without censorship.”
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, in what the Kremlin continues to refer to as a “special military operation”. Today marks the 386th day of the full-scale war.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has reported that between February 24 2022 and March 16, 2023, Russia had lost roughly 162,560 personnel, 3,504 tanks, 6,810 armored combat vehicles, 2,539 artillery units, 503 multiple launch rocket systems, 265 air defense systems, 305 warplanes, 289 helicopters, 2,145 drones, 907 cruise missiles, 18 warships, 5,394 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 257 units of special equipment.
The figures have not been independently verified by Express.co.uk.
Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures.
Meanwhile Russia has said it will attempt to retrieve the wreckage of a US military drone which crashed into the Black Sea after an encounter with two Russian fighter jets earlier this week.
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Separately, Andriy Yermak, the head of the Ukrainian president’s office, said that the country’s ground forces had shot down a Russian fighter jet near the eastern city of Bakhmut.
Russia’s Ministry of Defense will reportedly start a new recruitment campaign in April with the aim of enrolling 400,000 soldiers into the Russian army.
Turkish officials have reportedly said that their country’s parliament is “highly likely” to ratify Finland’s membership bid to join NATO before the middle of April.