Ukrainian T-64BM Tank Disables Russian Infantry Fighting Vehicle
This footage reportedly shows a Ukrainian T-64BM tank disabling a Russian infantry fighting vehicle.
The images were obtained from the 22nd Motorized Infantry Battalion of the Ukrainian Ground Forces, on Friday, August 26, along with a statement saying: “Detect and destroy: in the Kharkiv region, servicemen of the 22nd Motorized Infantry Battalion track enemy vehicles in the fields and give them a good beating.
“This is how they worked against the enemy, namely, they disabled the MT-LB of the orcs, which apparently lost its ‘marketable appearance’. Therefore, every strike of our soldiers must be accurate. Each damaged piece of equipment of the occupiers adds strength and confidence to our fighters.”
Ukrainian troops often refer to the invading Russian forces as “orcs,” in a reference to the monstrous evil hordes described in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
The images were also relayed by the Chernihiv Regional Territorial Center for Recruitment And Social Support.
The MT-LB is a tracked, armored fighting vehicle that has been in use since the 1950s. The T-64BM Bulat is a Ukrainian upgrade of the Soviet T-64B main battle tank.
Zenger News contacted the 22nd Motorized Infantry Battalion for further comment, as well as the Russian Ministry of Defense, but had not received a reply at the time of writing.
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