Dramatic moment Russian tank is blown to smithereens as Ukrainian forces lay waste to Putin's invadersMarch 15, 2022
THIS is the dramatic moment a Russian tank was blown to smithereens as Ukrainian forces continue to blitz Vladamir Putin's invading troops.
The shocking footage shared by Ukraine's Ministry of Defence showed the lone Russian tank being obliterated by a possible mine or an anti-tank rocket.
The defence ministry said in a tweet: "25th Separate Airborne Brigade Sicheslav Brigade 'game over', Russian invaders!
"The paratroopers continue to multiply the Moksha army to zero with accurate shots!
"We will win! Glory to Ukraine!"
Shocking images also appeared to show the moment Ukrainian forces destroyed three Russian tanks in the Luhansk region.
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And in besieged Mariupol, pictures showed the scorched wreckages of dozens of Russian tanks and military equipment after Ukrainian troops blitzed a Russian convoy.
The bloody invasion has been taking a toll on Russia's forces with Kremlin officials allegedly making "apocalyptic" predictions about the conflict – and describing the invasion on February 24 as a "mistake".
Putin has now lost a total of 12 commanders in the Ukraine invasion after a Russian spy captain was killed during a "top-secret" operation this week.
Former Nato chief Rose Gottemoeller said Putin’s forces have been weakened by Ukraine’s resolve.
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She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I think the Russians threw at Kyiv some of their most elite forces to begin with.
“They were hoping for a lightning strike to basically assassinate President Zelensky, take out the government in Kyiv and have a quick victory.
“But it didn’t work out that way and they ended up stalling on the highway outside of Kyiv. Now we’ve seen those forces disperse, and disperse into the woods.
“But I’m wondering frankly if they have the ability to regroup at this point because their logistics are in such bad shape.
“They don’t really have the fuel supplies they need for a push on to Kyiv. So I’m rather sceptical that they will gain much success in an assault on Kyiv, at least with those forces.”
It comes as a day after Russia released terrifying new footage of its 7,000mph Zircon hypersonic nuke missile.
The catastrophic weapon that could hit London in minutes has been branded "unstoppable".
The clip shows a Mach 9 Zircon – or Tsirkon – missile being fired from the Admiral Gorshkov frigate in the White Sea.
Putin has repeatedly warned the West it will face "untold consequences" if challenged over Ukraine.
And an RAF chief warned a nuclear war could only be "a few steps away" amid mounting tensions between Russia and the West.
NUKE WAR FEARS
His warning comes amid growing fears the conflict in Ukraine could escalate to a World War Three involving nuclear weapons.
Air Marshal Edward Stringer CBE told LBC that the possibility of nuclear war would be "weight on the minds" of world leaders.
He said: "It's no longer unthinkable and it will clearly be weighing on the minds of those who are making all the political calculations at the moment, hence the very straight and consistent line from Biden and all the other senior heads of state recently."
He added: "It's in the realms of possibility, and that's what people have to get their heads around."
He added you could "sketch a plausible chain of events" that may lead to nuclear war, which is "only a few steps to get from where we are now".
"That's only a few steps to get from where we are now to a confrontation that could see the use of nuclear weapons, which I think is a pretty terrifying prospect for anybody sensible," he said.
The former chief of the Royal Navy, Lord West, also warned one "miscalculation" could spark a war in Europe – which could spiral into a world war involving the use of nuclear weapons.
And ex-Nato Deputy Supreme Allied Commander of Europe, General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, said Putin's invasion of Ukraine could spark a nuclear war if Russian troops step into Nato territories.
Western leaders have been reluctant to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine, despite repeated pleas from the Ukrainian president, fearing it will trigger a wider war with Putin.
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The Air Marshal added: "That is why when there were calls for no-fly zones, the political leadership was quick to point out that Nato is a defensive alliance and Nato is not being attacked.
"Nato is not constructed to go onto the offensive, if it did it would be taking on another nuclear power – Russia."
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