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Aug 7, 2022

How Ukraine Destroyed Another Russian T-90 'Supertank'

Cost-benefit: $3 million tank, Russia's most advanced,  destroyed by $18 thousand man-held rocket. JL 

Adam Solomons reports in Mailonline:

The T-90 is Russia's most-advanced tank, with the base model entering service in 1992. This T-90, nicknamed the 'Vladimir', was obliterated after its own ammunition is struck by a rocket. At least 20 Russian T-90 tanks plus two advanced T-90Ms, first built in 2016, are estimated to have been destroyed so far. As of this morning, the Ukrainian army claims to have destroyed 1,792 tanks, up three from yesterday. Days after the first $3 million T-90 was destroyed, a second was wrecked with an £18,000 Swedish rocket launcher. Another is said to have been blown up with a £400 rocket-propelled grenade.

Yet another advanced Russian T-90 tank has been destroyed in Ukraine, dramatic footage shows.

The £3million weapon of war was thought to be one of the world's premier tanks, but a spate of destructions since Russia's invasion began has thrown that into doubt.

Video posted on Telegram channel Butusov Plus appears to show the T-90, nicknamed the 'Vladimir', obliterated after its own ammunition is struck by a rocket.

Ukrainian veteran Butusov, who has more than half a million YouTube subscribers, claimed the attack was carried out by the air defence force in Kharkiv.

Within a few hours, the incredible footage had well over 80,000 YouTube views.

At least 20 Russian T-90 tanks plus two advanced T-90Ms, first built in 2016, are estimated to have been destroyed so far, open intelligence source Onyx claims.

As of this morning, the Ukrainian army claims to have destroyed a total of 1,792 tanks, up three from yesterday.

The vast majority are the less advanced T-72s, but at least a handful of T-90s are also thought to have been wrecked since the outbreak of war on February 24.

Days after the first T-90 was destroyed, a second of the supertanks was wrecked with an £18,000 Swedish rocket launcher. 

Another is said to have been blown up with a £400 rocket-propelled grenade (RPG).

The T-90 is Russia's most-advanced tank, with the base model entering service in 1992. Production ramped up in the late-2000s.

The T-90M is the latest version of the tank, first entering service in 2016.

Russia is thought to field around 1,000 of all T-90 variants, compared to around 5,000 T-72s - the tank the T-90 is based on and which has done the bulk of the fighting in Ukraine.

The incredible footage emerged as Russian tanks, trucks and artillery are amassing in southern Ukraine. Putin's forces are seeking to tighten their grip on the region amid a valiant counter-offensive by Kyiv.

The Kherson region near Crimea has been under Kremlin control since March 2 after a bloody six-day battle, with Russians driving north from the occupied peninsula.

Yet the invaders have faced intense pushback by Ukraine over recent weeks, with Kyiv now confident it will liberate the region by September.

According to the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) daily intelligence update this morning: 'Long convoys [...] continue to move away from Ukraine's Donbas region and are headed southwest.'

The MoD added: 'Battalion tactical groups (BTG), which comprise between 800 and 1,000 troops, have been deployed to Crimea and would almost certainly be used to support Russian troops in the Kherson region.

'Ukrainian forces are focusing their targeting on bridges, ammunition depots, and rail links with growing frequency in Ukraine’s southern regions.

'Russia’s war on Ukraine is about to enter a new phase, with the heaviest fighting shifting to a roughly 350km front line stretching southwest from near Zaporizhzhia to Kherson, paralleling the Dnieper River.'

Meanwhile footage posted to Telegram appeared to show Ukrainian rockets strike a Russian armoured car - the type likely to be in the 'long convoys' said to be on their way to Kherson.

1 comments:

anusree said...

Ukraine claims Russia lost some 1,477 tanks and 3,588 armored vehicles since the invasion began in February.

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