It’s the amazing moment when a Ukrainian armored vehicle bravely faces a much more powerful Russian tank in a fierce firefight – and WINS.
The stunning video filmed from a drone appears to show a Ukrainian BTR-4 raining hell on the invaders’ tank in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine.
The BTR-4 appears to unload a volley of rounds from its 30mm cannon, causing serious damage to Putin’s war machine, despite its 40mm armour.
Bullets can be seen flying through the air in the dramatic struggle of David and Goliath.
And after pounding what is believed to be a Russian T-72 tank – a fierce inferno engulfs it and then obliterates it, leaving the machine in tatters.
The humiliating scenes come despite Putin’s battle tanks being equipped with 125mm guns – more than FOUR TIMES the size of a BTR-4.
Its main gun can fire armor-piercing shells and high-explosive shells.
It can also launch AT-11 laser-guided anti-tank missiles.
But the 44.5-ton tanks are less mobile and quick to aim than nippy troop carriers like the BTR-4, whose guns can fire quickly.
The T-72 and other variants of it have been widely used on both sides of the war in the Donbass since 2014 and the Russian-Ukrainian.
This is a family of Soviet/Russian main battle tanks that entered production in 1969.
The latest estimates suggest that Putin’s savages have now lost 756 main battle tanks since the war began on February 24.
This is on top of estimates that Russia lost 20,000 men in just 50 days of war.
They also saw 163 planes and 144 helicopters explode in the skies over war-torn Ukraine.
Russia’s latest military humiliation comes as the Kremlin redeploys its forces east after a disastrous campaign to take the capital kyiv.
Putin is now focusing his efforts in the Donbass region which has been plagued by a war between government forces and pro-Russian separatists since 2014.
Russia annexes Crimea the same year and recognizes the independence of the rebel regions of Donbass.
Moscow now intends to forge a strategic corridor between Crimea and its own sovereign territory via the Donbass.
This means that roads such as the one shown in the video will remain scenes of intense combat for months to come.
It comes as the Russian military continues to move helicopters and other equipment for such an effort, according to a senior US defense official.
And worryingly, it’s likely to insert more ground combat units into the area once it regroups after suffering massive casualties.
But it is unclear exactly when Russia will launch a bigger offensive in Donbass.
It comes as the Russian flagship Moskva was sunk after an extraordinary missile attack by the Ukrainians.
The ship – a 40-year-old symbol of Russian military might – was left a smoking wreck after being directly hit by two Neptune anti-ship missiles.
The ship then sank while being towed to the naval port of Sevastopol in Crimea.
Captain First Rank Anton Kuprin, 44, was killed after the ship was hammered by the missiles, kyiv sources said.
It has been alleged that only around 50 crew members are listed – having been picked up by a Turkish ship.
While another 14 were reportedly airlifted to the port of Sevastopol, leaving around 450 whose fate remains a mystery.
Video from inside Sevastopol overnight shows dozens of cars purportedly belonging to the sailors still parked in the port – suggesting their owners did not pick them up.
The sinking of the Soviet-era Moskva in the Black Sea prompted Russia to launch a furious response, later claiming to have bombed the factory that made the missiles that sank their prized flagship.
The Defense Ministry said it blew up the “Vizar” factory on the outskirts of kyiv on Thursday night, which it says manufactures Neptune anti-ship missiles.
Russian Vladimir Putin, eager for bloody revenge for the sinking, then ordered a new brutal bombing campaign promising new strikes against the Ukrainian capital.
In a statement, the Russian Defense Ministry said: “The number and scale of missile strikes on targets in Kyiv will increase in response to any terrorist attacks or acts of sabotage on Russian territory committed by the nationalist regime of Kyiv.”
Strikes then rocked the capital Kyiv on Thursday evening, according to Ukrainian MP Lesia Vasylenko.
Videos on social media showed the skies over kyiv lit up with countless explosions – they appear to be the most severe attacks since Russia pulled out of the capital earlier this month.
Explosions were also heard in the southern city of Kherson, in the eastern city of Kharkiv and in the western city of Ivano-Frankivsk.
While Mariupol is set to fall within hours of weeks of brave struggle that have seen the port city relentlessly bombarded by Russian forces.
The city acts as the final key to the land bridge that Russia is trying to forge – which will allow them massive access to the Black Sea.