In a clip shared by Ukraine’s armed forces, a T-64 tank is seen to take on a column of Russian armoured vehicles single-handedly.

The footage was first shared on Telegram by Ukraine’s armed forces and then distributed to Twitter by Ukraine Weapons Tracker (@UAWeapons) and researcher Arslon Xudosi (@Arslon_Xudosi). Here’s the video.

What’s happening?

As the tank catches the Russian column by surprise, it causes a flurry of uncoordinated fire until the other side realises where the tank’s explosive rounds are coming from. The crew of the Ukrainian tank then fired one more round at the column around 150m away, instead hitting a large area of woodland. In this case, it seems to have been a high explosive round designed for light armoured vehicles rather than anything capable of penetrating a tank’s hull.

As the lone tank swings its hull in the direction of the Russian convoy, it fires again, this time hitting a BTR-82, triggering return fire and a rollout to find the tank from the rear of the column. The tank and Russian vehicles continue to exchange fire, with one soldier firing an anti-tank missile, which misses, hitting a house instead.

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amin
amin
1 month ago

Very brave

Dragonwight
Dragonwight
1 month ago

I don’t think the Russian army would be very good at World of Tanks.😁

Armchair Admiral
Armchair Admiral
1 month ago
Reply to  Dragonwight

Perhaps the Russian army SHOULD try world-of-tanks! (As a training aid)
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Coll
Coll
1 month ago
Reply to  Dragonwight

Speaking of World of Tanks. The company behind World of Tanks have announced that they are leaving Belarus and Russia.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
1 month ago

Seen footage of other ambushes where they expertly hit the front and rear and then take out the vehicles stuck in the middle at leisure. Pity the enemy escaped this time, though I’d read on Twitter in this engagement UKR artillery then caused some damage.

Quentin D63
Quentin D63
1 month ago

Hi Daniele, yes, feel the same. You would have expected this lone tank to take out quite a few of these lighter armoured vehicles. It’s looks easy down from the drone though.

Quentin D63
Quentin D63
1 month ago
Reply to  Quentin D63

Looking at it again, it is quite a sizeable convoy! Hopefully with more tanks becoming available there can be more hits!

expat
expat
1 month ago

Its amazing the just made a run for it, one tank vs a convoy! I guess as you say they’ve been hit before so running is the best strategy for survival.

Paul42
Paul42
1 month ago

Take out the front and rear vehicles then take out the remainder as you go – reminds me of a certain German Tiger 1 Tank Commander by the name of Michael Wittman…….

Deep32
Deep32
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul42

They would be doing him proud I imagine!

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul42

Yes, I’ve read of him often. Waffen SS Heavy Battalion 501 or 502 in Normandy with Tiger I recall. Ex Leibstandarte, vet of countless Russian front fights. I think he started on SPGs. One of the main reasons for his success was his gunner Balthazar Wohl, who could fire accurately while on the move.

The Canadians got him with Fireflies I recall.

Paul42
Paul42
1 month ago

Yes, I believe so. Certainly earned himself a place in the history books.

Nick C
Nick C
29 days ago

His grave is in the German cemetery in Normandy, much visited. I think his tally was something over 200 tanks before he was got by a tyro who had only fired 5 rounds in practice and never before in anger. Such is the luck of war.

Tomartyr
Tomartyr
29 days ago
Reply to  Nick C

Worth noting that the SS massively overinflated their kill counts for propaganda, current high estimates are about 130. Although even that has to be taken with a lot of salt as historians doubt the Nazi version of Villers-Bocage.

Dern
Dern
29 days ago
Reply to  Tomartyr

Indeed, I’ve seen a lot of claims that Wittman is way too over hyped, though I’ve not actually seen any numbers to back up the claim.

Dern
Dern
29 days ago

You can’t hit the front and rear of a column terribly easily when you are a single person (or in this case) tank engaging the column however.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
28 days ago
Reply to  Dern

Of course not, and I was not suggesting that in this case that they could, from that position only facing the bend to their front as vehicles move LTR away and their left side covered by houses. Was just talking generally of other ambushes shown on Twitter.

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
1 month ago

GO UKRAINE

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Jay R
Jay R
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul.P

Thanks for the link. I couldn’t read it, something came up asking for money. Being working class, the idea of paying a bunch of yuppies in London to read the news makes me sick.

Nigel Collins
Nigel Collins
1 month ago

Good to see countries investing in new kit to deter future Russian aggression. “The Polish Ministry of National Defence (MND) said on its website on 5 April that Poland would acquire 250 M1A2 SEPv3 MBTs, 26 M88A2 Hercules armoured recovery vehicles, and 17 M1074 Joint Assault Bridges, plus ammunition, logistics, and training packages.” https://www.janes.com/defence-news/land-forces/latest/poland-signs-contract-for-250-m1a2-sepv3-mbts “The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has signed a technical agreement with Estonia, Finland, and Latvia to jointly develop a new 6×6 armoured personnel carrier (APC) under the Finnish-led Common Armoured Vehicle System (CAVS) programme, the Försvarsmakten (Swedish Armed Forces) announced on its website on 4… Read more »

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RobW
RobW
1 month ago
Reply to  Nigel Collins

Poland has some 300+ T72 tanks. I’d wager this announcement will allow a good number of the T72s to be given to Ukraine.

Quentin D63
Quentin D63
1 month ago
Reply to  RobW

And just in good time for a push back eastwards and maybe southwards. Hope Ukraine can take out some of the masses armour that entered Mariupol.

expat
expat
1 month ago
Reply to  Quentin D63

I’m surprise Ukraine hasn’t tried to take out the bridge that was built from Crimea to Russia. The bridge has been a major suppy route for Russia’s forces coming through from Crimea.

DRS
DRS
1 month ago
Reply to  expat

Yeah I was thinking the same a small team with a few shaped charges will disable it well. Might be hard to get to from Mariupol or elsewhere from the Azov sea and extract the team at the same time…

https://earth.app.goo.gl/TxxLrZ

Joe16
Joe16
29 days ago
Reply to  DRS

Russia has a lot of naval combatants in the sea of Azov and Black Sea, I’d be surprised if Ukrainian naval forces would be able to get close enough- as they’d be travelling all the way around from Odesa I guess…

John Hartley
John Hartley
28 days ago
Reply to  DRS

I think a Ukrainian infiltration team would be better off, sneaking across the border to Belgorod, where Russian forces are regrouping, & then laying the landmines the Russian left in Ukraine. Replant them in the roads around Belgorod.

AlbertStarburst
AlbertStarburst
1 month ago
Reply to  expat

…yes I was wondering that too, and also about them not using their own new anti-ship missiles?

BB85
BB85
29 days ago
Reply to  expat

I think its just too far for them to target with enough accuracy to take it out completely. The Russians would likely repair small damaged within a day.

One thing this conflict has shown though is Nato’s overall lack of low cost strike drones when Turkey is so far the only one to supply 50. Imagine they had 500 regularly topped up with hellfire missiles, there wouldn’t be much Russian armour left in Ukraine after a couple of nights.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
1 month ago
Reply to  Quentin D63

Hmmm, careful with your wishes Q. I feel in a war of attrition or a straight full on battle mass vs mass Ukraine loses, even with Russian failures and incompetence.
There is also Russian air superiority east of the Dnieper, though not air dominance.

Rather than grand offensives I’d rather they continue with the tactics they are using for now, and continue going after the enemies supply lines. I’d like to see every railway in the enemies rear and locomotive obliterated.

Tanks and armour can be dealt with by the ATGW.

John Clark
John Clark
1 month ago
Reply to  RobW

I wonder if there’s scope to upgrade the T72’s with Western targeting systems, optronics etc…

Don Campbell
Don Campbell
23 days ago
Reply to  John Clark

That would take months at best, along with the training for the crews.

John Clark
John Clark
22 days ago
Reply to  Don Campbell

Good point Don, I suspect the Ukrainians will re-equipping with donated (refubished and and upgraded) western systems when their war is over.

They will want to be rid of all the Russian associated gear as fast as possible…

Paul.P
Paul.P
1 month ago
Reply to  RobW

News outlets are reporting just that 👍

John Clark
John Clark
1 month ago
Reply to  Nigel Collins

250 M1A2 represents an extremely capable armoured force, enough to equip four Armoured Regiments at a push…

More than capable of wiping the floor with the Russians, especially as we have seen the Russian utter incompetence…..

expat
expat
1 month ago

Quite graphic at 1:43, one of the bodies appears to have white trainers on, weird.

Martin H-E
Martin H-E
1 month ago
Reply to  expat

Perhaps boots blown off, white socks?

expat
expat
1 month ago
Reply to  Martin H-E

or he looted a pair of Nikes ?

John Clark
John Clark
1 month ago
Reply to  expat

Let’s not paint them all with the same brush guys, someone’s 18 year old isn’t coming home…

Thousands of young men on both sides are dead, along with thousands more civilians, thanks to a clearly crazy/ insane autocratic lunatic….

Jonathan
Jonathan
1 month ago
Reply to  John Clark

Agree, good point John, war chews up the young and normal people. The true enemy are the leaders and directors of aggression. It’s just a shame it’s not generally them that do the suffering.

Aaron L
Aaron L
1 month ago
Reply to  expat

I wouldn’t be surprised if they were trainers. It was fairly common for Spetsnaz to wear Soviet copies of adidas trainers.

Crabfat
Crabfat
29 days ago
Reply to  expat

Nikes or not, the poor soul appears to be engulfed in flames. Probably in enormous pain before he died. As John C says, below, let’s not paint them all with the same brush. Many are conscripts, with no choice over whether they live or die. Just Putin’s canon fodder.

Greg, retired medic
Greg, retired medic
29 days ago
Reply to  expat

Hard to know what he was wearing, or why. The one thing we can be sure of, though, is that that vehicle contains the dead bodies of young men sent to war by older men who did not share the risks and dangers.

AlexS
AlexS
1 month ago

Very poor shooting.
And the video is heavily edited.

Rob
Rob
1 month ago

The Ukrainian tank is extremely well positioned, hull down with buildings covering it’s flank. The Russians took over a minute to locate it. Don’t get the Russian’s tactics though. Their infantry dismount and then, instead of taking the tank in flank, run straight through the ambush site. Shame the Ukrainians didn’t have a few well placed machine guns. I understand that this column is not advancing but rather taking part in the recent withdrawal from northern Ukraine. Maybe they were just in a panicked retreat?

Paul42
Paul42
1 month ago
Reply to  Rob

I suspect that’s the case, just wanted to get the hell out of there!

The Artist Formerly Known As Los Pollos Chicken
The Artist Formerly Known As Los Pollos Chicken
29 days ago

This same video also shown on YT states it was heavily edited before being released by the Ukrainians so it’s hard to get an accurate picture of the whole engagement.

be interesting to see the unedited version ? if it is indeed true this one is the Kansas City shuffle version

who knows?

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Airborne
Airborne
29 days ago

I’ve watched this quite a few times to get the contact into my head! The footage is heavily edited and it would be interesting to see the whole thing from start to finish. However few points, the T64 is in a decent hull down position, with cover to his immediate left, and undulating cover to his front. He is effectively covering the bend in the road knowing any vehicles moving left to right will be moving away from him at the bend! His position does limit his frontal arc, to maybe 800 mils L&R, but that also restricts and effective… Read more »

Rob
Rob
29 days ago
Reply to  Airborne

My views too. Not only is it edited but also the drone eye view doesn’t give the viewer an idea of the elevation of the terrain. That could explain why the T64 overshoots, maybe there is rubble or a slope next to the road? That would explain why the hit appears to skip off the ground. With that amount of force available there is no way the T64 should survive but it appears to. The Russians just run through the kill zone and bug out. What do they think they are doing?

mikezeroone
mikezeroone
29 days ago

Eh careful here, a lot of favorable imagery being pushed in western media circles. I doubt it was on its own, but we have seen Russian tanks crazily go it alone too so who knows, it is a very wierd conflict for sure.

Ben
Ben
25 days ago

So first Big Pharma get rich and now the military industrial complex has got orders up the wazooo. Seems like all that money paid lobbying is finally paying off for them.