October 4, 2022

THIS is the remarkable moment a Russian tank erupted into a fireball after a Ukrainian kamikaze drone smashed into it while the crew reportedly tucked into a picnic.

As the war rages into its fourth month, streets in Ukraine have become a graveyard for Russian machinery – with burnt-out tanks and vehicles littering the landscape.

Footage shows a Ukrainian kamikaze drone smash into Russian tank

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Footage shows a Ukrainian kamikaze drone smash into Russian tankCredit: Newsflash
The tank erupted into flames

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The tank erupted into flamesCredit: Newsflash

Fresh footage obtained from the Special Operations Forces of Ukraine today shows defenders blasting a Russian tank as fighters are said to have been sitting on top boozing.

A spokesman for the force said: “SSO operators in Ukraine have developed skills in owning another type of modern weapon.

“An example of this is another destruction of an enemy tank along with the enemy’s manpower.

“According to our soldiers, the Russian occupiers were quietly drinking alcohol at one of the positions, sitting on the armour of their tank.

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“However, the usual Russian occupation was abruptly interrupted by an unexpected attack from the air.”

The force said they used a “modern kamikaze drone equipped with a powerful explosive” to target the tank.

It suffered “irreparable damage” after the deadly device “flew straight into the tank” – with the attack filmed by a camera on the “killer drone”.

The SSO – which was founded in January 2016 and is headquartered in Kyiv – did not specify where in Ukraine the strike took place.

It comes as Ukrainian troops continue to wreak havoc with drones, using one to blitz a Russian base as Vladimir Putin‘s disastrous war has seen his forces pushed all the way back to the border.

In another show of strength, dramatic footage showed the moment Russian tanks were obliterated after they were spotted hiding in back gardens.

And a further incredible clip showed a Russian tank being “vaporised” after three Ukrainian grenades ignited the ammo on board – creating a mega-blast.

It comes as the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) gave its latest update on enemy losses.

The AFU General Staff said Russia had lost about 29,350 troops between February 24, when Putin ordered his troops into Ukraine, and May 24.

It added that Russia had also lost 1,302 tanks, 3,194 armoured fighting vehicles, 606 artillery systems, 201 multiple launch rocket systems, 93 anti-aircraft systems, 205 aircraft, 170 helicopters, 2,213 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, 13 vessels, 480 unmanned aerial vehicles, 43 units of special equipment and 112 cruise missiles over the same period.

Meanwhile, Russian forces are attempting to encircle the eastern cities of Sievierodonetsk, Lysychansk and Rubizhne, according to the UK Ministry of Defence.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russian forces are trying to destroy “everything living” in the embattled Donbas region.

He also reiterated that his country remains disposed to exchange prisoners with Russia.

The Russian fighters were reportedly having a drink while sitting on top of the tank

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The Russian fighters were reportedly having a drink while sitting on top of the tankCredit: Newsflash
Burnt out Russian military equipment litters Ukraine

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Burnt out Russian military equipment litters UkraineCredit: Reuters
Destroyed Russian machinery dumped in Bucha

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Destroyed Russian machinery dumped in BuchaCredit: Reuters

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