A 13-second clip is said to show two BMP-2 IFV tanks disabled during Vladimir Putin’s attack on Donbass, as Ukraine claims Russian forces have lost more than 2,200 tanks since the invasion began
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A dramatic video is said to show a Russian tank being destroyed after bumbling troops drove it through a minefield – despite the fact that there was another destroyed tank.
The clip is said to show two BMP-2 IFV tanks disabled during Vladimir Putin’s attack on Donbass in Ukraine.
In the 13-second footage, two large plumes of smoke can be seen as the Russian tank steers into mines that blow mud into the air.
Ukraine’s military estimates that Russia has lost more than 1,200 tanks since the invasion began in February, while intelligence chiefs believe more than a third of its ground forces have been wiped out.
Latest estimates are that more than 27,000 of Putin’s troops died during the attack on Ukraine.
It also claims to have lost 200 planes, 165 helicopters and nearly 3,000 armored personnel carriers.
An assessment by British intelligence released on Sunday said: “Russia has now probably suffered losses by a third of the ground combat troops deployed in February.
“Russia’s Donbass offensive has lost momentum and is significantly behind schedule.
“Despite small initial advances, Russia has failed over the past month to make any significant territorial gains while maintaining a consistently high level of attrition.”
Russia has previously been accused of using banned anti-personnel mines during its invasion.
In March, Ukrainian demolitions engineers discovered the mines, which can indiscriminately kill and maim people within an apparent range of 16 meters.
Human Rights Watch said Ukraine does not have these types of landmines, and defense director Steve Goose said, “Countries around the world should strongly condemn Russia’s use of banned anti-personnel mines in Ukraine.
“These weapons do not discriminate between combatants and civilians and leave a deadly legacy for years to come.”
Anti-vehicle mines are not banned, but the UN warns of their deadly legacy.
This morning Ukraine admitted its defeat at the Battle of Mariupol and said it was working to evacuate any remaining troops from the fortress.
The evacuation of hundreds of fighters, many wounded, to Russian-held towns probably marked the end of the longest and bloodiest battle of the Ukraine War.
Mariupol now lies in ruins after a Russian siege that Ukraine says has killed tens of thousands of people in the city.
While the rest of Mariupol was firmly in Russian hands, hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers and civilians were holed up under the Azovstal steelworks.
“Mariupol Garrison has fulfilled its combat mission,” the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said in a statement.
“The military supreme command ordered the commanders of the units stationed in Azovstal to save the lives of personnel… The defenders of Mariupol are the heroes of our time,” it added.
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