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Russian tank flew high in the sky after Ukrainian paratroopers blew it to pieces

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The BMP-1AM armored assault vehicle was hit by an anti-tank missile fired by Ukrainian paratroopers – adding to Russia’s growing shortage of men and equipment

Shocking footage from the war in Ukraine shows the moment a Russian BMP-1AM tank was destroyed by a Ukrainian missile.

A holdover from the Soviet Cold War arsenal, the BMP-1AM is a heavily armed troop carrier hardened against nuclear fallout and biological warfare agents, intended to roll through Europe in the event of a major conflict with NATO.

Armed with a 73mm Grom infantry support gun and a Malyutka missile launcher, the BMP can also carry an eight-man infantry squad along with its equipment.

While the BMP was produced in large numbers during the Cold War years, the loss of another BMP will be a blow to Vladimir Putin’s army as international sanctions affect Russia’s ability to manufacture weapons.

Not only the hardware, but also the manpower is increasingly a problem for Russian commanders.

According to a Defense Ministry intelligence report, “Russia’s combat forces in Donbass are most likely operating in increasingly ad hoc and severely undermanned groupings.”

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s arsenal is only growing as supplies continue to pour in from the UK and other Western allies. The astral government just this week pledged 14 M113 armored personnel carriers – a very similar kit to the Russian vehicle just destroyed by Ukraine.

Brigadier Chris King, the officer in charge of the British Army’s 104 Logistic Support Brigade, which organizes arms shipments to Ukraine from a forward base in Germany known as “The Attic,” says he expects to use Ukraine for “the years to come”. as the war is expected to continue for some time.

“This is a generational moment,” Brigadier King told the Times. “Either we help Ukraine fight or we accept that…maybe not immediately, but in the next few years…we will fight elsewhere.”

Meanwhile, British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said he expects to send more anti-ship missiles to Ukraine to repel a Russian attack by sea.

He added that Britain bought self-propelled guns specifically to send to Ukraine.

“We believe that if these weapons arrive, there is a good chance that Ukraine will push Russia back,” he told reporters.

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