HARROWING video game-like footage captures the moment a Ukrainian tank wipes out a Russian vehicle as it repels Putin’s advance.
Burnt-out tanks are filmed scattered across the landscape, alongside the bodies of Putin‘s soldiers left behind on the battlefield.
And although the video could be straight out of Call of Duty, it is an all-too-real reminder of the dangerous combat games of cat-and-mouse Ukraine’s troops are playing with Russian forces in the bloody conflict.
The footage starts with a tank powering its way through wrecked and burnt-out vehicles, its turret wheeling around to locate its next target.
Suddenly, a shell is fired at a vehicle in the distance and the video cuts to a burned-out tank, apparently destroyed in the Ukrainian strike.
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In the next scene – taken from a shoulder’s body camera – troops fire machine guns into the tree cover before the clip shifts to showing the bodies of at least two dead Russian soldiers in a trench.
The action-packed clip then shows a gunner firing from a mounted machine gun on a jeep before several torched vehicles are seen flaming by the side of the road.
Next, the patrol finds a hoard of missiles and ammo before the Ukrainian troops return to base following a hard day on the battlefield.
It hasn’t been revealed exactly where the footage was shot.
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The 92nd Mechanised Brigade, who feature in the video, said in a statement on May 12: “Piece by piece, village by village, together with our brothers and sisters, we are reclaiming our homeland, which is why there is no price in the whole world!”
It comes as Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said defending forces are slowly pushing Russia’s invaders away from the northeastern city of Kharkiv.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 and today, 79 days into the invasion, it appears to have failed most of its main objectives.
Much of the fighting is now concentrated in the east of Ukraine after the Kremlin gave up on its original objective of quickly surrounding the capital Kyiv.
Ukraine claims Russia has lost more than 26,000 troops, as well as 1,195 tanks and thousands of other pieces of military equipment since the start of the war.
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Videos of Russian military equipment either being destroyed or smouldering in ruins after an attack have been shared widely on social media.
Dashcam footage captured the moment a Russian tank was blown up following a reported Ukrainian missile strike.
In the clip filmed from a car driving behind the tank, a huge blast erupts shortly up the road, and what appears to be a tank turret goes flying into the sky.
A number of figures, possibly Russian soldiers, are seen desperately scrambling for cover.
It was filmed by the Chinese state media channel Phoenix TV, which shared a clip of its journalist’s close encounter with the inferno on its YouTube channel.
The video was taken while the Chinese team were on their way to the Azovstal steel plant in the besieged city of Mariupol, where they were covering the evacuation of civilians.
And in another dramatic video, a Russian artillery gun is seen exploding in a Ukrainian missile strike sending shockwaves across the countryside.
In the clip, the anti-aircraft gun erupts into an enormous fireball as huge plumes of smoke pour into the sky.
Shockwaves can be seen rippling across the landscape from the force of the explosion near Izyum in eastern Ukraine.
A Ukrainian soldier shared the footage with the caption: “Russian anti-aircraft guns near Izyum came out to fire on our positions. Something went wrong.”
On Thursday, it was reported that Russia’s Navy had lost another ship in the Black Sea following a possible Neptune missile strike near Snake Island.
Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s Minister of Internal Affairs, claimed the ship struck was a brand new auxiliary ship named the Vsevolod Bobrov.
The stricken vessel, which was gutted in the blaze, reportedly fled back to the port city of Sevastopol in Russian-controlled Crimea.
Ukraine’s military claims that a total of 13 Russian warships and boats, including its flagship missile cruiser Moskva, have been destroyed since the start of the war on February 24.
At least six of those ships have been attacked close to Snake Island.
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Earlier this month, it was reported that the Russian Navy warship Admiral Makarov had reportedly been struck by Ukrainian Neptune missiles.
Video footage circulating on social media showed plumes of black smoke billowing into the sky from the Makarov.
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