Ukrainian fighters destroyed a Russian tank in the Izyum direction

The turret of a Russian tank flies high up. August 2022
The turret of a Russian tank flies high up. August 2022
© Photo: Frame from the video
Kostiantyn Golubtsov

Kostiantyn Golubtsov

Published: August 19 2022 at 04:29 pm

From the powerful explosion due to the detonation of the ammunition, the tower of the Russian tank flew high up. The destruction of this tank was the joint work of units of the defense forces in the Kharkiv region.

A video of the defeat with subsequent explosions of a combat vehicle of the Russian occupiers was published on the network.

It was reported that the soldiers of the 49th battalion and 30th brigade of the Defense Forces of Ukraine worked.

Damage to a Russian tank. August 2022. Frame from the video

The video footage shows how the enemy tank was on a dirt road between a field and a forest plantation.

The tank was hit by the Ukrainian military. Immediately after the damage, the Russian tank began to burn with bright flames and thick smoke.

Burning ammunition in a Russian tank. August 2022. Frame from the video

After 15 seconds of burning inside the combat vehicle, the ammunition began to detonate. 30 seconds after that, there was a powerful explosion, probably a large number of shells detonated at the same time.

With this explosion, the multi-ton tower of the enemy tank was thrown high up. A trunk of smoke from the fire and the wreckage of the tank also rose upwards.

Russian tank explosion. August 2022. Frame from the video

The footage shows the complete destruction of armored vehicles that belonged to the occupying forces of the Russian Federation and were used in the Izyum direction.

Such powerful explosions with the separation of the turret from the hull are mostly characteristic of Soviet-built tanks when their ammunition detonation occurs. The explosion of ammunition is sometimes so powerful that often not only the tower flies off, but only individual fragments of metal remain from the armored vehicle itself.

Russian T-90A tank destroyed by the Ukrainian military
Russian T-90A tank destroyed by the Ukrainian military. June 2022. Ukraine. Photo: 128 OGSHBr

This shortcoming is related to the design of tanks and their ammunition storage, in the case of Soviet main battle tanks, it is a machine gun or charging mechanism inside the turret that stores the main ammunition.

Ammunition storage in T-72, Leopard 2, M1 Abrams tanks
Ammunition storage in T-72, Leopard 2, M1 Abrams tanks

One successful hit from an anti-tank weapon results in the complete destruction of a combat vehicle. During the burning and explosion of ammunition, a huge pressure is created in the tank, which is looking for a way out. If the crew does not leave the combat vehicle in time, the consequences for them will be fatal.

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