This is when Ukrainian troops destroyed a Russian T-73 in a tank duel.
Aerial footage shows a Ukrainian T-64 rolling down a road before opening fire and appearing to hit a Russian opponent.
The T-64 appears to land a direct hit with the first shot, quickly following up with a second shot to finish the job. It continues to fire on the Russian position, with explosions and flames seen in the footage as smoke rises into the sky.
The release of the footage comes as Russian forces pound targets in eastern and southern Ukraine with missiles, drones and artillery, and as Moscow continues to hurl what’s left of its offensive power at the city of Bakhmut.
Ready, aim, fire! The moment when Ukrainian troops reportedly blow up a Russian T-73 in a tank duel
The footage of the life-and-death struggle was obtained from the 92nd Separate Mechanized Brigade on Sunday, December 11.
Along with the video, the unit released a statement celebrating the victory, which read: “Tank crew T-64BV, the famous 92 separate mechanized brigade, engaged in a tank duel against a Russian T-72B3. Ukrainian tankers proved who is boss in Ukraine!
“From the first shot, the enemy tank turned to scrap. Glory to Ukraine and the tank troops! Victory is ours!’ added the statement.
The footage, taken by a drone overlooking an unfamiliar battlefield, shows the Ukrainian tank rolling down a road littered with wreckage, with a row of leafless trees and bombed fields on the left and destroyed buildings on the right.
Suddenly, while still moving, a flash of explosion is seen from the barrel of the Ukrainian T-64, as the operators fire a bullet straight across the road.
The footage, taken by a drone overlooking an unfamiliar battlefield, shows the Ukrainian tank (left) rolling down a road littered with wreckage, with a row of leafless trees and bombed-out fields on the left and destroyed buildings on the right.
The tank (left) suddenly fires a round across the road and a split second later hits a Russian T-73. Drone footage shows the moment when the Russian tank went up in flames
Explosion: A thick plume of smoke rises from the Russian tank above the battlefield
Warzone: The camera pans to look over the Ukrainian tank and the road. The T-64 fires another round at the target, which is still in flames
A split second later, hundreds of feet away, a second explosion is seen as the bullet impacts the Russian T-73, which bursts into flames.
As a thick plume of smoke rises over the battlefield, the Ukrainian military vehicle fires another round – again aimed at the same target.
The camera pans to look over the Ukrainian tank and across the road. The T-64 fires another round at the target, which is still in flames.
The dramatic footage was also relayed by the Office of Strategic Communications (StratCom) of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, along with a statement confirming the tank battle, which read: “A T-64 destroyed a Russian T-73 with a direct shot.
The video explains why the tank is such a formidable weapon. The projectile flies in an almost straight trajectory.
“There is a very short time between the firing of the projectile and the impact, and if you can hear the whistle of the projectile while firing artillery or mortars and hide, then there is no such possibility in a tank battle. ‘
Kyiv military officials did not disclose where the battle took place, but the release comes amid heavy fighting around the eastern city of Bakhmut in Donetsk oblast.
A Ukrainian National Guard soldier examines a destroyed tank in the Kharkiv region of northeastern Ukraine in October
For months Russian forces have been attacking the city of Bakhmut with frontal assaults, artillery barrages and airstrikes in a stubborn battle over a settlement considered by many observers to be strategically irrelevant.
As Russia continues to swing what’s left of its offensive power into entrenched Ukrainian positions in and around the city, experts question whether the losses in manpower and equipment will match the potential prize.
“We are scratching our heads,” a Western official told AFP last week when asked about Russia’s focus on Bakhmut. “We don’t know the answer.”
Yet they have moved forward. Russia on Monday continued its attacks on Bakhmut, now mostly in ruins, Avdiivka and Lyman, and launched two rocket attacks against civilian infrastructure in Kostyantynivka.
All four are in the Donetsk region – one of four that Moscow claims to have annexed from Ukraine following “referendums” that Kiev ruled illegal.
Elsewhere, Russian forces carried out more than 60 strikes with missile salvo systems targeting civilian infrastructure in Kherson, the southern city liberated last month by Ukrainian troops and Ukrainian troops stationed there.
Russia also shelled settlements along the Zaporizhia frontline in south-central Ukraine, it said, as Ukrainian troops hit Russian checkpoints, ammunition depots and other targets.
Ukraine also attacked a barracks in the Russian-occupied city of Melitopol, in the Zaporizhzhia region of southeastern Ukraine, this weekend.
A local leader also claimed that Ukrainian forces attacked a hotel where members of Russia’s brutal private military group Wagner were stationed, killing many.
Serhiy Haidai, the governor-in-exile of eastern Ukraine’s Luhansk region, said Ukrainian troops attacked the headquarters of the Russian mercenary group Wagner.
Ukrainian sources have said there were numerous Russian casualties as a result, with witnesses saying they heard 10 explosions during the attack, which was reportedly carried out using HIMARS missiles. The attacks on the city were reportedly part of a wider wave of attacks on several Russian bases.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that Russia had lost about 94,760 personnel and 2,966 tanks between February 24 and December 12.