This video shows the moment when a Ukrainian-made missile turns a sitting-duck Russian tank into a fiery wreck.
Newsflash obtained the footage from the Operational Command South (OC South) of the Ukrainian Ground Forces yesterday (Tuesday, 31st May).
The clip opens with a parked Russian tank next to a building in the crosshairs.
Suddenly, a projectile is seen hurtling towards it and, after a few seconds, it scores a direct hit on it.
The tank is seen bursting into flames and giving off a plume of thick, dark smoke as at least one person is seen running away from the burning wreckage.
OC South simply said (in Ukrainian): “Good evening, we are from Ukraine.”
The missile that blew up the tank was a Stugna-P – a Ukrainian anti-tank guided missile system developed by the Luch Design Bureau – located in Kyiv – in the 2010s.
OC South did not specify where in Ukraine the footage was filmed.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that from 24th February to 1st June, Russia had lost about 30,700 personnel.
The Ukrainian military added that Russia had lost 1,361 tanks, 3,343 armoured fighting vehicles, 659 artillery systems, 207 multiple launch rocket systems, 94 anti-aircraft systems, 208 warplanes, 175 helicopters, 519 tactical unmanned aerial vehicles, 120 cruise missiles, 13 warships, 2,290 military vehicles and fuel tankers, and 49 units of special equipment over the same period.
In recent news, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called Russian strikes on a nitric acid tank in the besieged eastern city of Sievierodonetsk “madness”.
Residents of Sievierodonetsk have been warned to remain in bomb shelters and to prepare masks to protect against toxic fumes.
Analysts say up to 70 per cent of the city is now controlled by Russian forces, with almost all critical infrastructure and housing destroyed.
United States President Joe Biden said he will send Kyiv more advanced rocket systems that will help to strike enemy forces from a longer distance.
These rocket systems have double the range of the rocket systems used by Russian forces and are much more accurate.
And European Union leaders reached an agreement to ban 90 per cent of oil imports from Russia, but they remain undecided on gas imports.
Despite setbacks in eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian troops have made advances in Kherson in the south and around Kharkiv in the north-east.
Today marks the 98th day of the invasion.