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Incredible video footage has emerged of what appears to be a lone Ukrainian tank destroying several Russian armoured vehicles less than 50 miles from Kyiv.
The footage, collected by a drone and published by a Ukrainian volunteer unit on Telegram, shows what appears to be a single well-positioned Ukrainian T-64 tank ambushing a convoy of Russian BTR-82A armoured vehicles on a road in Nova Basan, west of the capital.
Thanks to brilliant positioning, the tank was able to fire several rounds at the invaders’ convoy, threading the gap between other structures from a concealed location behind a house.
One BTR was quickly set ablaze in the attack, prompting the remaining armoured vehicles to fire back, seemingly aiming at other targets off-camera as yellow flashes of fire were seen streaking across the fields surrounding the road.
But the T-64 appeared unsighted and continued to pound the convoy with shells as it outsmarted the Russian troops until further artillery reinforcements arrived.
The second half of the video cuts to later footage of Ukrainian artillery strikes raining down on the convoy as it attempts to flee, before zooming in on the wreckage of a Russian tank still on fire alongside several corpses.
Fantastic drone footage has emerged showing the remarkable courage and tactics of a single Ukrainian tank, which successfully ambushed a whole column of Russian armoured vehicles
The convoy fired rounds into nearby buildings and also directed fire across neighbouring fields, seemingly at targets off camera, but the lone Ukrainian tank remained hidden as it continued to pound the invaders with shells, ultimately destroying two vehicles
A Ukrainian service member walks next to a damaged Russian BTR-82, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in the village of Nova Basan, Ukraine April 1, 2022
The date of the ambush was not given, but it is thought to have taken place last week, given that the majority of Russian forces retreated from towns and villages around Kyiv late last week and over the weekend.
Geolocation shows the ambush took place along the HO7 highway which runs through Nova Basan, connecting Kyiv with the Western cities of Sumy and Kharkiv.
Meanwhile, images published on April 1 showed Ukrainian soldiers inspecting a series of burnt-out Russian tanks and BTRs in Nova Basan, which may well have been the remnants of the effective ambush.
The Ukrainian tank managed to operate incredibly effectively against the Russian armour, despite the considerable discrepancy in their technology.
The T-64 is a Soviet-era machine, first deployed as early as the 1960s, and Ukraine inherited thousands of the vehicles when the Soviet Union collapsed.
Armoured vehicle technology has since moved on massively – the Russian BTRs that were destroyed in the clip only entered service a decade ago – but Ukraine still relies heavily on the ageing tanks as the bulk of its military might.
Images published in January less than a month prior to the Russian invasion showed scores of T-64 tanks left out in the snow, waiting to be retrofitted with upgraded armour and weapons at a tank repair plant in Kharkiv.
The footage of the daring ambush emerged as Ukrainian authorities claim Russia’s death toll in the war is nearing 20,000.
Ukraine’s armed forces are continuing to push back invading Kremlin troops and retake ‘key terrain’ around the capital and other eastern cities, while Putin‘s forces retreat to refocus their efforts on the Donbas.
A local resident drives past a destroyed Russian armoured personal carrier, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in the village of Nova Basan
The Ukrainian T-64 tank managed to operate incredibly effectively against the Russian armour, despite the considerable discrepancy in their technology (a T-64 is seen firing during a military drill for Ukrainian soldiers at the training centre of Ukrainian Ground Forces near Rivne, Ukraine, February 16, 2022)
Old T-64 tanks covered by snow stands at the depot site at the Tank Repair Plant in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Monday, Jan. 31, 2022
In an intelligence update posted yesterday, Britain’s MoD said that due to the scale of the damage, many of Russian units ‘are likely to require significant re-equipping and refurbishment before being available to redeploy for operations in eastern Ukraine.’
However, Russian forces are continuing to conduct brutal bombing campaigns in cities like Mariupol where the civilian death toll has risen to 5,000.
Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko said that even though Ukraine is taking back the capital, he urged civilians not to return for ‘at least another week’, with explosives left around the city, and described the situation in east of Ukraine as ‘critical’.
Elsewhere, Ukraine’s general staff said Russia has again used banned cluster munitions in Mykolaiv, targeting civilian buildings including a children hospital in a horrific attack which has killed 11 and wounded 61.