Russia says that it has taken out Ukrainian military positions using T-72B3 tanks. The footage begins by showing a Russian military vehicle maneuvering along a muddy track before Russian soldiers are seen loading ammunition into what appears to be a T-72 tank.
The tank, which can be seen equipped with what appears to be additional reactive armor on top of its turret, can then be seen maneuvering through mud. The footage then cuts to what appears to be drone footage of Ukrainian soldiers in a forested area. The video then shows the Russian tank repeatedly opening fire with the images then showing a number of explosions in a forested area. The tank can then apparently be seen maneuvering away and reversing into some undergrowth to avoid return fire as the footage ends.
The images were obtained from the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Saturday, May 6, along with a statement claiming that Crews of T-72B3 ZVO tanks provide fire support to motorized rifle units, ensuring the offensive of Russian troops in the zone of the special military operation. ‘Tankers of the Western Military District (ZVO) provide fire support to motorized rifle units, ensuring the offensive of Russian troops in the zone of the special military operation,’ The Russian MoD said.
Tanks can operate both as direct fire on the front lines and from covered firing positions – behind the terrain and in shelters – this allows you to go unnoticed. At the same time, they can inflict effective fire damage and provide active defence and offensive actions of motorized rifle units. ‘In one of the directions in the zone of the special military operation to advance the motorized rifle units of the RF [Russian Federation’s] Armed Forces, the crews of the T-72B3 tanks advanced to the front line of the enemy’s defence and delivered a powerful fire strike,’ The Russian MoD said.
‘The fire was corrected using an unmanned aerial vehicle, its camera recorded the hit. Personnel of objective control confirmed that the fortified area of ​​Ukrainian militants was destroyed. After combat work, the tankers leave for cover and reload in order to always be ready to leave for the position,’ The Russian MoD said.
‘Basically – the workforce of the enemy and equipment, they gave us goals for which we need to work out – they opened fire. The shells had a full BC, worked out and destroyed,’ The Russian MoD statement quotes ‘the gunner-operator of the T-72B3 tank with the call sign Silent’ as saying.
‘Strongholds, reserve points where the enemy is located, dugouts, trenches. Everything we give, we destroy. One can feel pride in our tanks, because our reliable friends,’ The Russian MoD’s statement continued.
‘Another gunner-operator with a speaking call sign ‘Sniper’ fought a counter-battery fight with a self-propelled artillery mount. As soon as she left to fire on our positions, we returned fire at her, pursued and, in the end, caught up and destroyed. Just a couple of days later, an enemy tank began to hunt for us. There was a shootout, but we again turned out to be faster, smarter and more accurate,’ The statement quotes ‘Sniper’ as saying.
‘Sniper’ has been serving in the special military operation zone since August last year. The main motivation why he is here is that his younger brother should live in a world without fascism. The gunner and crew stopped counting hit targets when the destroyed infantry exceeded a thousand, and there were dozens of mortars and armored vehicles.
‘Tankers talk modestly about their battles. But every day they, doing their usual work, perform feats that will go down in history,’ The statement quotes ‘Sniper’ as saying. Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022 in what the Kremlin is still calling a ‘special military operation’.
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Edited by Rachmad Imam Tarecha and Newsdesk Manager
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