VIDEO: Blow Out: Ukrainian Unit Blasts Russian ‘Z’ Tank In Bombed-Out Town
This is the moment Ukrainian troops blow up a Russian ‘Z’ tank with a rocket-propelled grenade in a heavily-shelled town.
The 4th Rapid Reaction Brigade of the National Guard of Ukraine said on April 20: “Demilitarization of the occupier in the conditions of a close city battle. Soldiers of our brigade lined up the enemy’s BMP (infantry fighting vehicle) with a shot from the RPG (rocket-propelled grenade).”
The Ukrainian brigade added: “Professionalism saves. Ukraine will win.”
In the footage, the Russian ‘Z’ tank is seen stationary on a street in a bombed-out Ukrainian town.
The scene cuts and the fighting vehicle is seen in flames after apparently taking a direct hit from the rocket-propelled grenade.
It is currently unclear where exactly in Ukraine the images were filmed, but fighting is intensifying in eastern Ukraine, according to Ukrainian officials.
The 4th Rapid Reaction Brigade is said to have been involved in fighting off an attempt by Russian paratroopers to take the Antonov Airport, located on the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv in Hostomel, on February 24, the first day of the invasion.
Russia invaded their neighbors Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin has called a “special military operation” in the sovereign European country.
Today marks the 57th day of the Russian invasion. From February 24 to April 20, the total combat losses of troops belonging to the Russian Federation stand at 20,900 personnel, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian military also claims that Russia has lost 815 battle tanks, 2,087 combat armored vehicles, 391 artillery systems, 136 MLR systems, 67 anti-aircraft systems, 171 warplanes, 150 helicopters, 1,504 vehicles, 8 vessels, 76 fuel tank trucks, 165 operational-tactical level UAVs, 27 units of special equipment, and four mobile SRBM systems.
The United States has provided a large number of Javelin anti-tank missile systems to Ukraine. Russia has also been hit hard by international sanctions following its invasion of Ukraine, with its tank production chain said to be plagued by supply shortages.
Fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces is said to be ongoing along a 300-mile frontline in the east of the country as Moscow pushes to capture the Donbas region.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is also said to have called off storming the Azovstal steelworks plant in Mariupol, instead ordering his troops to seal it.