Huge Explosion As Ukrainian Paratroopers Blow Up Russian Tank Causing Turret To Go Flying

These images show how Ukrainian paratroopers blew up a Russian tank in a huge explosion that caused its turret to fly high up into the air before coming crashing back down.

The footage shows the tank being hit by Ukrainian ordnance, with its turret appearing to fly high into the air before landing next to the burning remains of the Russian war machine.

The images were obtained from the 81st Separate Airmobile Brigade of the Ukrainian Air Assault Forces on Monday, 13th February, along with a statement saying: “Here is a short story of one bad dancer who became good. Born to win.”

The images were also relayed by the Command of the Air Assault Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Thursday, 16th February, along with a statement saying: “For your attention, a short story of one bad Russian dance crew that became ‘good’. Born to win Together to victory! The Air Assault Forces – Always First! Glory to Ukraine!”

Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February 2022 in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 358th day of the full-scale war.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February 2022 and 16th February 2023, Russia had lost about 140,460 personnel, 3,296 tanks, 6,517 armoured combat vehicles, 2,306 artillery units, 466 multiple launch rocket systems, 239 air defence systems, 298 warplanes, 287 helicopters, 2,012 drones, 857 cruise missiles, 18 warships, 5,167 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 219 units of special equipment.

Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures.

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has said that 97 per cent of the Russian army is now estimated to be in Ukraine. He reportedly said Russia’s forces are suffering “First World War levels of attrition”.

Picture shows an explosion on a snowy field in Ukraine in undated footage. The footage was released by the 81st brigade of the Ukrainian Air Assault Forces on Monday, Feb. 13, 2022. (@81oaembr/Newsflash)

Ukraine’s allies have said that they probably will not manage to supply Kyiv with the number of tanks they had previously promised to provide.

Boris Pistorius, the German Minister of Defence, said they would not even be able to form a battalion – which is typically about 50 tanks.

The announcement comes after a meeting of Western defence ministers in Brussels.

While NATO countries are increasing their production of 155 millimetres artillery rounds to help Ukraine, Jens Stoltenberg, the Secretary-General of NATO, said it is “obvious that we need to spend more”.

The International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) has calculated that Russia has most likely lost between 40 and 50 per cent of its tanks compared to before the invasion of Ukraine.

Ukraine, however, is thought to have increased its number of tanks thanks to the number of enemy war machines it has captured and supplies of Soviet-era tanks it has received from its allies.

Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of the notorious Russian mercenary organisation Wagner, has confessed that his group is facing difficulties in eastern Ukraine. He said: “The number of Wagner units will decrease, and we will also not be able to carry out the scope of tasks that we would like to.”

His announcement comes amid reports that Moscow is moving to curb his political influence in the Russian capital.

Russian tank burns on a snowy field in Ukraine in undated footage. The footage was released by the 81st brigade of the Ukrainian Air Assault Forces on Monday, Feb. 13, 2022. (@81oaembr/Newsflash)

Hanna Maliar, Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Defence, has said that Russia is launching “round-the-clock” on Kyiv’s positions in eastern Ukraine. She added: “The situation is tense. Yes, it is difficult for us.”

The office of Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has also said that the situation in Luhansk continues to be difficult.

Serhiy Haidai, Ukraine’s Governor of the Luhansk region, has said that Russia is sending mobilised troops and heavy equipment into the area but Ukrainian military forces continue to defend the frontlines.

The Russian Ministry of Defence had earlier claimed that its troops had punched through fortified Ukrainian defences in two locations in Luhansk and that Ukrainian troops had retreated, but they did not say where exactly these gains allegedly took place.

Governor Haidai said that Moscow’s claim that Ukrainian troops had retreated “does not correspond to reality”.

A British man killed in Ukraine has been named by friends and family as Jonathan Shenkin from Glasgow. The 45-year-old “died as a hero in an act of bravery as a paramedic”, his family have said.