CHEERIO: Ukrainian Marksman Cheers As He Blows Up Russian Tank

This footage shows an attacking Russian tank unwittingly caught in the crosshairs of a Ukrainian anti-tank system, which blows it up with a missile followed by a loud cheer.

Newsflash obtained the video from the 30th Independent Mechanised Brigade – a formation of the Ukrainian Ground Forces – yesterday (Tuesday, 26th April).

The video shows the Russian tank firing upon an unseen target in Ukraine just seconds before the Ukrainian anti-tank system operator scores a direct hit on it.

Russian tank fires before being hit by 30th Independent Mechanized Brigade “Konstanty Ostrogski” in Ukraine. (@30brigade/Newsflash)

The marksman is heard exclaiming with joy when he sees a plume of smoke rising from the damaged vehicle.

The 30th Independent Mechanised Brigade said: “The boomerang effect for orcs works instantly. The occupiers barely had time to release the projectile from the tank on the Ukrainian positions as they immediately went to hell.”

The 30th Independent Mechanised Brigade, which is garrisoned in Novohrad-Volynskyi – a city in northern Ukraine’s Zhytomyr province – did not specify where the strike took place.

However, the focus of the Russian invasion has been firmly on Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region since Moscow withdrew its troops from around Kyiv and Chernihiv earlier this month.

Russian tank fires before being hit by 30th Independent Mechanized Brigade “Konstanty Ostrogski” in Ukraine. (@30brigade/Newsflash)

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) reported earlier today that Russia had lost about 22,400 troops in Ukraine over the course of the invasion thus far.

The AFU General Staff added that Russia had additionally lost 939 tanks, 2,342 armoured fighting vehicles, 421 artillery systems, 149 multiple launch rocket systems, 71 anti-aircraft systems, 185 warplanes, 155 helicopters, 1,666 motor vehicles, eight vessels, 76 fuel tankers, 207 unmanned aerial vehicles, 31 units of special equipment and four mobile short-range ballistic missile systems.

The reports come as Russian energy corporation Gazprom says it has cut gas supplies to Bulgaria and Poland over those countries’ refusal to pay in roubles.

Kyiv and Brussels are both saying that Russia is using its heft as a major gas supplier to try to blackmail countries supporting Ukraine in the conflict.

Russian tank fires before being hit by 30th Independent Mechanized Brigade “Konstanty Ostrogski” in Ukraine. (@30brigade/Newsflash)

Sofia has accused Gazprom of breaching its contract, whereas Warsaw says it will be able to navigate the situation.

The European Union is holding emergency gas talks to determine how to respond. It says it has existing contingency plans.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has claimed Russian special services were behind recent attacks in Transnistria.

The unrecognised breakaway state is claimed by Moldova, which considers the narrow strip of land to be under Russian military occupation.

And the Institute for the Study of War – a Washington-based think tank – says the Russian ground invasion of Ukraine is slowly making progress.

Russian tank fires before being hit by 30th Independent Mechanized Brigade “Konstanty Ostrogski” in Ukraine. (@30brigade/Newsflash)

Elsewhere, a local official has reported that multiple explosions were heard in the Russian city of Belgorod, which lies around 24 miles from the Ukrainian border.

Russian troops invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is now calling a “special military operation” to “protect Donbas”. The invasion is now in its 63rd day.

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