Aerial footage shows the drone pummelling the helpless Russian armour with numerous explosives, finally dropping one down its open hatch
- Ukraine has used drones to devastating effect against Putin’s armoured vehicles
- Video comes as Kyiv pushes Germany to approve supply of main battle tanks
This is the moment a Russian tank was pelted with bombs by a small Ukrainian drone, in a David versus Goliath battle between an old and new machine of war.
Aerial footage shows the drone pummelling the helpless Russian armour with numerous explosives, finally dropping one down its open hatch.
Smoke begins billowing from the inside of the vehicle, signalling that its race is run, and thus joining the growing scrapheap of Vladimir Putin‘s military vehicles that litter the battlegrounds of Ukraine.
The footage obtained from the Hetman Bohdan Khmelnytsky Independent Presidential Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Thursday, 19th January.
Presidential Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Thursday, 19th January.
This is the moment a Russian tank was pelted with bombs by a small Ukrainian drone, in a David versus Goliath battle between an old and new machine of war
‘David and Goliath. Can a small drone do anything against a large armoured personnel carrier?’ the Brigade asked rhetorically in a statement along with the clip.
‘Yes! If its operator is skilled and persistent. And we have one exactly like that in the 2nd Mechanized Battalion,’ it boasted.
Similar videos have been commonplace since Putin ordered his troops into Ukraine on February 24, beginning the conflict that is approaching the one-year mark.
Faced with Russia’s superior numbers of weaponry, Ukraine has employed small drones to take out Moscow’s armoured vehicles rather than face them head-on.
Small teams of Ukrainian drone operators, who are able to stay agile on the battlefield when compared to Russia’s lumbering Soviet-era tanks and armoured personnel carriers, have wreaked havoc of the Kremlin’s forces.
Using commercially available drones adapted to the battlefield, the operators drop hand grenades, mortar shells or other improvised explosives – giving them an relatively inexpensive method of destroying Russia’s high-value armour.
Drones are operated remotely from a great distance, meaning drone crews do not need to get close to Russian units in order to destroy them.
The video is the latest example of this. The footage appears to show an artillery shell landing close to the Russian personnel carrier, immobilising it on the side of a snowy road running next to a forest of leafless trees.
The drone then swoops over the top of the vehicle, and begins dropping several small explosives down on top of it, one at a time.
One after another, the bombs land on top of the tank. Flashes of fireballs are seen erupting as the explosives hit their mark, until one drops through the open hatch.
It was unclear whether any Russian soldiers were inside the armoured vehicle when it came under attack, or whether its personnel had escaped beforehand.
Pictured: An explosion is seen on the front of a Russian armoured vehicle, as a Ukrainian drone dropped explosives down on top of it
After a large explosion (pictured), smoke began billowing from the inside of the vehicle, signalling that its race is run, and thus joining the growing scrapheap of Vladimir Putin’s military vehicles that litter the battlegrounds of Ukraine
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022 in what the Kremlin is still calling a ‘special military operation’. Today marks the 331st day of the war.
In its most recent tally, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said that between then and now, Russia had lost around 119,300 personnel, 3,139 tanks and 6,241 armoured combat vehicles.
Friday saw Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky appeal to western allies to speed up the delivery of military support – including badly needed heavy tanks – in his country’s struggle against the Russia invader.
In an address to a pledging conference at the US airbase in Ramstein, Germany, he urged assembled defence ministers to agree in ‘principle’ to supply his forces with modern battle tanks that could tip the balance in Ukraine’s favour.
So far among the Nato allies, only the UK has agreed to send such tanks, in the form of 14 British Army Challenger 2s. Germany’s Leopard 2 tanks, however, are said to be the most desirable and suitable tank for the on-going conflict.
Mr Zelensky’s call will intensify the pressure on Germany to authorise the release of its Leopards, which are potentially available in far greater numbers.
Several other NATO members have the Leopards in their arsenals, but require Germany’s sign-off in order to send them to Ukraine.
Pictured: Ukrainian servicemen take part in joint armed forces drills, involving the country’s national guards, border guards and Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), at the border with Belarus, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine near Chornobyl, Ukraine January 20, 2023
In its most recent tally, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said that between then and now, Russia had lost around 119,300 personnel, 3,139 tanks and 6,241 armoured combat vehicles. Pictured: Ukrainian soldiers are seen taking part in drills on Friday
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