Video Shows Putin’s Advanced Tank Wiped Out In Moments

A clip, widely shared on social media, appeared to show Ukrainian troops destroying an advanced Russian T-90M tank, which was struck and went up in flames. A drone captured the moment on video, but its location, or the identity of the tank, cannot be fully verified.

Ukraine uses such videos for propaganda purposes and has promoted several similar clips online since the war began. The 80th Air Assault Brigade posted film in October showing what it claimed was a Ukrainian drone firing on a Russian tank that had fallen from a cliff. It followed up with a second, similar film in October.

The latest video could prove embarrassing for Moscow, which lauded the T-90 tank and celebrated its deployment last December. Russia said the machine was the “most advanced armored vehicle in the family of T-90 tanks” and boasted it could “fire new powerful munitions.”

Russian officials described the tank as the “main competitor” to America’s M1 Abrams vehicle. State news agency Tass said it was an upgrade from previous tanks and could project missiles up to 3 miles with a 125mm 2A46M-4 smoothbore gun. Secondary armaments include a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun, and it allows soldiers to exchange real-time data with other vehicles.

According to the American security and defense news publication The Defense Post, Russia lost 2,475 tanks – or 15% of its tank inventory – in Ukraine between February 2022 and November 2023. The UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) adds that it has likewise lost 7,100 armored vehicles and 1,300 artillery systems. British intelligence also reveals that Russia has suffered casualties of more than 300,000, compared to Ukraine’s loss of 24,500.

It is also reported that “tens of thousands” of Russian troops have deserted, and a further 100,000 privately contracted soldiers have died. Britain’s MoD said Russian morale is low, and described how troops’ wives have begun protesting at the length of their husband’s front line service and demanding the government rotate its forces.