The unexpected moment a Ukrainian paratrooper comes out of hiding to destroy a Russian tank

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Drone footage shows the heroic act of the soldier who blew up the armored vehicle with a single shot

The vehicle, one of the modern Russian T-80 main battle tanks, was traveling on a dirt road bordered by wooded areas, a perfect spot for Ukrainian soldiers who were on the lookout.

Passing through a line of trees, the Ukrainian soldier came out of hiding, lay down shoulder-mounted weapon – an anti-tank guided missile – and fired a single shot.

In an instant, the missile slammed into the passing tank, setting off a column of fire and white smoke.

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Then the vehicle blew up in a series of explosions. The detonations hurled metal across the dirt track and caused huge plumes of smoke to rise above the wood.

The unexpected moment when a Ukrainian paratrooper comes out of hiding to destroy a Russian tank

The Ukrainian soldier came out of hiding, shouldered his gun -an anti-tank guided missile- and fired a single shot.

The video was released by the 95th Air Assault Brigade of the Ukrainian Air Assault Forces, along with a statement that read: “A fighter from the 1st Air Assault Battalion of the 95th Separate Air Assault Brigade destroyed an enemy tank at close range.”

“Each day, the soldiers of the Armed Forces risk their lives, show courage and heroism, and step by step liberate our land from the Russian invaders. Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the Air Assault Forces! Together towards victory”, states the publication.

The Strategic Communications Office (StratCom) of the Ukrainian Armed Forces also transmitted the images of the event, according to Daily Mail.

The unexpected moment when a Ukrainian paratrooper comes out of hiding to destroy a Russian tank

The vehicle blew up in a series of explosions. The detonations hurled metal across the dirt track and caused huge plumes of smoke to rise above the wood.

These were published along with others showing a group of Ukrainian troops blowing up two trucks of Russian ammunition.

At the site of the detonations black smoke could be seen rising into the air as the ammunition burned in the Bakhmut area , in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine.

The footage was obtained by the 93rd Kholodnyi Yar Independent Mechanized Brigade of the Ukrainian Ground Forces.

Russian commanders abandon Kherson, leaving their troops at the mercy of the Ukrainian counteroffensive

Russian President Vladimir Putin faces another humiliating defeat after his forces abandoned their positions in the city of < b>Kherson, according to Western officials.

The unexpected moment when a Ukrainian paratrooper comes out of hiding to destroy a Russian tank

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the government via video conference in Moscow, Russia, on November 3, 2022. Sputnik/Mikhail Metzel/Pool via REUTERS

Russian commanders they fled the city they had captured during the first days of the invasion, leaving the recruits “demoralized and leaderless” to face the Ukrainian advance. Analysts predict a victory for the defenders by the end of the year, according to information obtained by The Times.

Kherson is the last city occupied by Russia on the western bank of the Dnipro, the river that divides Ukraine. Western officials claimed that it would be “impossible” for Putin to maintain a military presence across the river if Kherson fell.

The capture of the city was the first major Russian victory< /b> following the February invasion, when troops burst from the Crimea in a rapid advance.

However, with the onset of winter, Russian generals seem to have decided to leave their positionon the western bank of the Dnipro and concentrate on fortifying their posts on the eastern bank.

The unexpected moment when a Ukrainian paratrooper comes out of hiding to destroy a Russian tank

People evacuated from the Russian-controlled area of ​​Ukraine's Kherson region get off a bus at the Dzhankoi train station in Crimea on November 2, 2022. REUTERS/Alexey Pavlishak

“Han decided that Kherson is not worth fighting for, but that natural defensive barrier of the river is very valuable to them,” a Western official told The Times.

There are signs of a possible withdrawal, but Ukraine is wary of them because they also come from Russian sources, which could hide a trap by Putin. Photos of the main administrative building of the city of Kherson without the Russian flag circulated on various social networks. kyiv did not give them credit.

Natalia Humeniuk , a military spokeswoman for southern Ukraine, warned: “It could be a particular provocation, in order to create the impression that the settlements are abandoned, that it is safe to enter them, while preparing for street battles” , he said.

(With information from Reuters)

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