Explosion in Russia
Russia’s newest tank – the T-90M – drove itself off a cliff after trying to flee a Ukranian assault.
The humiliating clip, recorded in Andriivka on the Donetsk frontline, shows the tank trying to hide from the Ukranian drones
However, the troops did not appear to see the cliff’s edge and ended up plunging into an embankment below.
The troops could be seen escaping from the overturned tank which the Ukrainian 80th Air Assault Brigade quickly obliterated.
The tank could be seen in flames as smoke billowed into the sky.
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The botched retreat from the Russians comes as Kyiv presses its summer offensive in Ukraine’s east.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has conceded that advances have been “slower than desired”.
However, it is thought that the counter-offensive is making progress.
The Institute for the Study of War, (ISW), a Washington-based think tank, revealed that Ukrainian forces had recently advanced 10 to 12 miles along two main lines of attack.
The ISW said that advances were “tactically significant” since they were forcing Russia to pull forces from the rest of the frontline.
This was weakening Russia’s overall frontline and opening up the chance for a Ukrainian breakthrough.
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Ukraine’s goal is to push its force to the Sea of Azov and split the land bridge between Russia and Crimea.
The UK intelligence briefing on Saturday reported that Russia’s forces had faced “particularly intense attrition and heavy combat on the front line”.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, explosions were heard near the Kerch Bridge that connects Russian-occupied Crimea with Russia.
The Russian military said it had shot down two Ukrainian missiles targetting the vital Russian link.
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The Russian foreign ministry said Ukraine’s attacks on the Crimean Bridge amounted to “terrorist attacks”.
Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the attack endangered the lives of innocent people and promised to respond.
She posted on Telegram: “Such barbaric actions will not go unanswered.”
Overnight, Russian forces said they downed 20 Ukrainian drones targeting the Crimean peninsula.
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