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Russian Tank Explodes And Suffers Jack-In-The-Box Effect After Rolling Over Mine

Residents of Sievierodonetsk have been warned to remain in bomb shelters and to prepare masks to protect against toxic fumes.

These images show a Russian tank apparently rolling over a mine before being hit by Ukrainian ordnance that causes it to explode in what is known as a Jack-in-the-box effect.

The Jack-in-the-box effect happens when a tank’s ammunition compartment explodes, causing its turret to be violently torn off the rest of the vehicle.

In the video, which was obtained from the Land Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, it can be seen lying next to the tank, which appears to be a T-72B3, as the footage ends, after reportedly rolling over a mine before it is hit by Ukrainian ordnance.

The T-72B3 is a recent Russian upgrade to their aging T-72B tanks, but they do not appear to have fixed the vehicle’s known vulnerability to the Jack-in-the-box effect, caused by the tank’s ammunition sometimes detonating when the vehicle is hit.

It is currently unclear where exactly in Ukraine the footage was filmed, but Ukrainian media have reported that it was shot in the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine. This has not been independently verified.

The Land Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said: “It is better to look under your feet, Russians, because there are many more such surprises waiting for you on our land.”

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has reported that from February 24 to June 1, Russia lost about 30,700 military personnel.

Russian T-72B3 explodes on an anti-tank mine. (@UkrainianLandForces/Zenger)

The Ukrainian military added that Russia had lost 1,361 tanks, 3,343 armored fighting vehicles, 659 artillery systems, 207 multiple launch rocket systems, 94 anti-aircraft systems, 208 warplanes, 175 helicopters, 519 tactical unmanned aerial vehicles, 120 cruise missiles, 13 warships, 2,290 military vehicles and fuel tankers, and 49 units of special equipment over the same period.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called Russian strikes on a nitric acid tank in the besieged eastern city of Sievierodonetsk “madness.”

Residents of Sievierodonetsk have been warned to remain in bomb shelters and to prepare masks to protect against toxic fumes.

Analysts say up to 70 percent of the city is now controlled by Russian forces, with almost all critical infrastructure and housing destroyed.

United States President Joe Biden said he will send Kyiv more advanced rocket systems that will help to strike enemy forces from a longer distance.

Russian T-72B3 explodes on an anti-tank mine. (@UkrainianLandForces/Zenger)

These rocket systems have double the range of the rocket systems used by Russian forces and are much more accurate.

European Union leaders have reached an agreement to ban 90 percent of oil imports from Russia, but they remain undecided on gas imports.

Despite setbacks in eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian troops have made advances in Kherson in the south and around Kharkiv in the northeast.

June 1 marks the 98th day of the invasion.

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