This remarkable footage shows a Ukrainian ‘kamikaze’ drone smashing into a Russian tank and turning it into a ball of smoke and fire.
Newsflash obtained the video from the Special Operations Forces (SSO) – the special forces of Ukraine – earlier today (Tuesday, 24th May).
The SSO said (in Ukrainian): “Kamikaze drones Special Operations Forces are destroying the Russian occupiers!
“SSO operators in Ukraine have developed skills in owning another type of modern weapon. An example of this is another destruction of an enemy tank along with the enemy’s manpower. According to our soldiers, the Russian occupiers were quietly drinking alcohol at one of the positions, sitting on the armour of their tank. However, the usual Russian occupation was abruptly interrupted by an unexpected attack from the air. A modern kamikaze drone, equipped with a powerful explosive, flew straight into the tank, causing irreparable damage to the enemy. The whole process of destroying the enemy was filmed by a camera located on the killer drone.
“This video is published to the general public for the first time, but it is worth noting that the combat use of kamikaze UAVs is a constant practice for the SSO of Ukraine during the war with Russian invaders. This is a good example of how the help of foreign partners together with the training and professionalism of our soldiers give positive results at the front.
“UPD: Two crews destroyed.”
The SSO – which was founded in January 2016 and is headquartered in Kyiv – did not specify where in Ukraine the strike took place.
The footage comes as the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) gave its latest update on enemy losses.
The AFU General Staff said Russia had lost about 29,350 troops between 24th February and 24th May.
It added that Russia had also lost 1,302 tanks, 3,194 armoured fighting vehicles, 606 artillery systems, 201 multiple launch rocket systems, 93 anti-aircraft systems, 205 aircraft, 170 helicopters, 2,213 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, 13 vessels, 480 unmanned aerial vehicles, 43 units of special equipment and 112 cruise missiles over the same period.
Meanwhile, Russian forces are currently trying to encircle the eastern cities of Sievierodonetsk, Lysychansk and Rubizhne, according to the UK Ministry of Defence.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russian forces are trying to destroy “everything living” in the embattled Donbas region.
And he reiterated that his country remains disposed to exchange prisoners with Russia.