Ukraine: Russian warplane shot in Donetsk
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A Russian tank moving down a muddy road fell victim to a well-planned ambush from Ukrainian troops resulting in the vehicle being blown up. Drone footage taken of the clash appears to show a Ukrainian infantryman firing a rocket hitting the rear of the tank.
The tank is rocked by a massive explosion which sends parts flying.
Continuing on a short distance, the Russian tank then suffers a secondary explosion.
Thick smoke bellows from the damaged tank after the Ukrainian missile strike.
Nearby a second Russian tank stand motionless, it is unclear from the footage if the second vehicle has also been taken out by the Ukrainian unit.
This week former US General James Clapper warned the prospect of a nuclear attack by Vladimir Putin is “not as improbable” as many believe.
Western intelligence has reportedly shown there have been high-level talks within the Kremlin among senior Russian army chiefs about using a tactical nuke as pressure on Putin mount amid Ukrainian military gains.
Mr Clapper told CNN: “I am sure there have been lots of discussions amongst senior Russian officers about nuclear weapons and whether they should be used or not, or when.
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“What would they try to do beyond what they are trying to do already? Which is using conventional weapons, gradually destroying the civilian infrastructure of Ukraine.
“I still feel the prospect for the use of nuclear weapons is unlikely but not as improbable as it was before February 24.”
This week another former US General predicted Vladimir Putin will lose everything as Russia will eventually be forced to give up all Ukrainian territory gained since 2014.
Ben Hodges, who served as commanding general of the United States Army in Europe, has predicted that Ukraine will eventually roll back all of Russia’s military gains since 2014, including liberating Crimea.
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Putin is desperate to cling onto the territory in southern and eastern Ukraine which Russian forces have managed to grab but are now struggling to hold as Kyiv mounts renewed offensives powered by western weaponry.
The retired general told Times Radio: “I believe that Ukraine will have liberated Crimea by the summer and I believe that because we’ve talked about who has the superior will? The Ukrainian soldiers and Ukrainian people compared to the Russians.
“The logistics situation for Russia is terrible you know, the Kersh bridge being damaged, the Russians now are trying to improve the route that runs along past Mariupol in order to resupply their forces in the southern part of Ukraine.
“Their logistics system was already weak I would say exhausted even before this, and now they’re adding a couple 100,000 of troops that are just going to be another burden.”
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