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Russian tank hit by Ukrainian troops in ‘catastrophic’ explosion

Ukraine: Russian vehicle taken out by anti-tank weapon

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Ukrainian forces struck the Russian tank with an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) that triggered a fiery explosion. The footage captured from miles away shows an isolated tank in the middle of a field. But the seemingly quiet scene was disrupted by the sheer power of the ATGM which hit the heavy vehicle.

The BlueSauron twitter user, who has been providing coverage of the military conflict since the start of the war in Ukraine, said: “Catastrophic explosion of a Russian tank after being hit with a ATGM delivered by the Ukrainian 72nd Mechanized Brigade.”

Russian forces have suffered a military setback in the southern Ukrainian region of Kherson. The new commander of the Russian troops, Sergei Surovikin, ackowledged that the military situation was complicated. 

“The situation in the area of the ‘Special Military Operation’ can be described as tense,” he told the state-owned Rossiya 24 television news channel in an interview.

“The enemy continually attempts to attack the positions of Russian troops. First of all, this concerns the Kupiansk, Lyman and Mykolaiv-Kriviy Rih sectors.”

Ukraine has also come under heavy Russian attack, with a fresh wave of explosions hitting several cities. 

The Russian troops have targeted energy facilities, destroying a third of power station and causing nationwide blackouts, Ukrainian President Zelensky said. 

In response to the threat of blackouts, Kyiv’s mayor, Vitali Klitschko, has appealed to residents to try and conserve electricity.

Two people have been reportedly killed and another wounded following the attack on the Kyiv’s energy facility, prompting Kyiv’s prosecutor’s office to open an investigation into a possible “violation of the laws and customs of war.”

It remains unclear how long Russian forces will be able to keep up attacks on Ukrainian cities, as their missile supplies are feared to be running out. 

“The Russian defense industry cannot produce enough new missiles, and the ones they went to war with on February 24 are already running out,” Brig. Gen. Kyrylo Budanov, the head of Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence Agency, said in remarks distributed by the Ukraine’s Defence Intelligence Agency.

“For many items this figure has already fallen below the critical level. I mean the level of 30 percent,” he added.

He also predicted “significant victories” for Kyiv by the end of the year, forecasting the war “should be over” by the end of next summer with troops set to retake the whole of Ukraine – including the Crimean peninsula lost to Russia in 2014.

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In an apparent admission of heavy losses and poor logistics on the battlefield, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Putin’s troops “work in conditions that can hardly be called human.

“They face constant problems, threats of physical attacks,” he said. 

He added there is “no point” in maintaining the country’s current level of diplomatic presence in the West, claiming “Europe decided to close itself from us and stop any economic cooperation.

“You can’t be forced to be nice,” Mr Lavrov added.

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