Ukrainian Tank Survives Ambush Attempt After Drone Spots Russian Anti-Tank Missile System Near Bakhmut

These images show a Ukrainian tank targeting Russian soldiers and taking out their anti-tank missile system near Bakhmut after it was spotted by a friendly drone.

The footage shows the Russian anti-tank guided missile system (ATGM) set up and ready to ambush the Ukrainian tank.

But the Ukrainian drone spotted the enemy weapon and the Ukrainian tank was able to target its position, with the Russian soldiers seen attempting to retreat shortly before their weapon was destroyed.

The images were obtained from the 30th Prince Konstanty Ostrogski Mechanized Brigade of the Ukrainian Ground Forces on Sunday, 26th February, along with a statement saying: “Tank and drone 30 Mechanized Brigade destroy the enemy as a duo.

“Near Bakhmut, the occupiers ambushed a tank of the princely brigade. They installed an anti-tank missile system, disguised it – and insidiously waited. However, aerial scouts noticed the enemy, reported the coordinates – and the tank worked to overcome [the situation]! Two shots – and the ATGM is destroyed!”

Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February 2022 in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 369th day of the full-scale war.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February 2022 and 27th February 2023, Russia had lost about 148,690 personnel, 3,385 tanks, 6,621 armoured combat vehicles, 2,380 artillery units, 475 multiple launch rocket systems, 247 air defence systems, 300 warplanes, 288 helicopters, 2,048 drones, 873 cruise missiles, 18 warships, 5,248 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 230 units of special equipment.

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

CIA Director William Burns has said that he is “confident that the Chinese leadership is considering the provision of lethal equipment” to support Russia in Ukraine.

Picture shows Russian anti-tank missile complex in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine in undated footage. The footage was released by the 30th brigade of the Ukrainian Ground Forces on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. (@30brigade/Newsflash)

But he also added: “We also don’t see that a final decision has been made yet, and we don’t see evidence of actual shipments of lethal equipment.”

White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan has said: “Beijing will have to make its own decisions about how it proceeds, whether it provides military assistance, but if it goes down that road, it will come at real costs to China.”

US President Joe Biden has said that the idea that China could negotiate peace between Russia and Ukraine is “just not rational”.

Biden said: “I’ve seen nothing [that] would indicate there’s something that would be beneficial to anyone other than Russia. The idea that China is going to be negotiating the outcome of a war that’s a totally unjust war for Ukraine is just not rational.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the West of trying to “dismember” Russia and turn the world’s largest country into a group of weak, mini-states.

Ukraine’s military has rebuked claims by Russia’s notorious Wagner mercenary organisation that it had captured the village of Yahidne, on the outskirts of Bakhmut.

The head of Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, claimed on Saturday that his forces had taken the villages of Yahidne and Berkhivka, but Ukraine said that the Russian offensives and the two settlements, as well as on for others, had been “unsuccessful”.

The Ukrainian military did however say that all were currently being targeted by heavy shelling.

Ukrainian tank moves down the snowy road in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine in undated footage. The footage was released by the 30th brigade of the Ukrainian Ground Forces on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. (@30brigade/Newsflash)

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has dismissed a senior military commander who had been tasked with fighting Russian troops in eastern Ukraine.

Zelensky reportedly fired Eduard Moskalyov as commander of the joint forces of Ukraine without providing an explanation.

Members of Belarus’ opposition in exile have claimed that partisans destroyed a Russian plane at an airstrip near the country’s capital Minsk on Sunday.

Franak Viacorka, a close adviser to opposition politician Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, said that partisans had “confirmed a successful special operation to blow up a rare Russian plane at the airfield in Machulishchy near Minsk.”

He added: “This is the most successful diversion since the beginning of 2022.”

He also said that two Belarusians who had carried out the operation had made use of drones and had already left the country.

German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius has said that he expects contracts for the backfilling of howitzers that Germany provided Ukraine last year to be signed by the end of March, which is months earlier than originally expected.

The United States and Germany are reportedly in talks with Warsaw to hold joint military manoeuvres in Poland as a response to Russia’s threat to NATO’s eastern border, according to German Defence Minister Pistorius.