The video shows the Russian T-90 Proryv tank wiped out in a Ukrainian attack

A video clip allegedly showing one of Russia’s advanced tanks being blown up by Ukrainian forces has gone viral.

“Soldiers of Sonderkommando Code 9.2, together with the 3027 Brigade of the National Guard, tracked down and destroyed the pride of Russia’s defense industry – the T90 Proryv tank,” Ukrainian internal affairs adviser Anton Gerashchenko tweeted alongside the video.

Set to the soundtrack of Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World, the 1 minute, 17 second video features a tank being attacked from the air. The clip, which had garnered 142,000 views as of Saturday, ends with a montage of a Russian news report touting tank supplies to Ukraine and the aftermath of the T-90 that blew up.

Ukrainian soldiers loot an abandoned Russian T-90A tank in Kyrylivka near Kharkiv on September 30, 2022. A video allegedly showing the destruction of a Russian T-90 shared on March 18, 2023 has gone viral. YASUYOSHI CHIBA/Getty Images

Russia has touted its T-90M as one of the best main battle tanks (MBTs) in the world. Also known as the “Proryv-3” (Breakthrough-3), the MBT is an upgraded version of the T-90 tank and was first publicly unveiled in 2017.

Both models, of which the army owns several hundred, are superior to the Soviet tanks used in the war by both Russian and Ukrainian armed forces.

The T-90M has a number of upgrades over its predecessors such as: B. better armor protection, a countermeasure system and a stronger gun performance. It is armed with a 125mm 2А46М autoloader main gun and has a firing range of over three miles in its basic form.

However, as the military magazine reported in 1945, Russian tanks fell victim to both anti-tank missiles and “innovative tactics” used by the Ukrainian armed forces using Javelin anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs).

Russian media have reported that the T-90M demonstrate the resilience of the country’s defense industry, and the discovery that they contained French technology suggests sanctions could mean future supply chain problems.

Ukrainian news agency Ukrinform reported that the first recorded hit on a T-90 since the start of the war occurred on May 4, 2022 in Staryi Saltiv, Charmiv.

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Since the start of the full-scale invasion, Ukrainian forces have destroyed at least 15 T-90M tanks, according to Oryx, a website that tracks equipment losses in the war using open-source information. Russia also lost 33 T-90As, 1 T-90AK and 6 T-90S tanks.

As reported by Ukrainian forces on Saturday, Russia had suffered the loss of 880 soldiers in the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 164,200, according to Kiev.

Western estimates of Russian casualties are much lower, and Moscow has not updated its tally since late September, when it said it had lost nearly 6,000 troops.

Newsweek has reached out to the Russian Defense Ministry for comment.


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