THE LAST STAND: Footage of LONE Ukrainian tank taking on ENTIRE Russian convoy goes viral

A single tank destroyed several Russian tanks in battle near Kyiv, as viral footage shows an incredible battle from a drone


                            THE LAST STAND: Footage of LONE Ukrainian tank taking on ENTIRE Russian convoy goes viral
Screenshot of the tank battle on Nova Basan (Twitter)
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Over the course of the past month, we've seen some incredible footages of Ukrainian bravery in the face of Russia's brutal war machine. Social media footage from battlegrounds all over the country has showcased not only bravery but also the ingenuity that Ukrainians have, to leave Vladimir Putin red-faced. On April 6, 2022, we got another fine example of that, after drone footage of a tank battle near Kyiv went viral. 

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Russian tanks have made up a large number of the iconic moments from the Ukraine war. On February 25, one brave civilian was seen trying to block a convoy of tanks in Kherson, hailed as Ukraine's 'Tiananmen square moment'. The same day, footage from Kyiv showed one Russian tank run over a car driven by an elderly man, who miraculously survived. On March 24, we reported on footage from Sumy which showed a Ukrainian man stealing a Russian tank and delivering it to the Ukrainian army.  

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Footage uploaded on April 6 by one brave Ukrainian showed a very one-sided tank battle take place in Nova Basan, West of Kyiv. The Russians may have had the upper hand when it came to numbers, but were dealt a humiliating blow by a single Ukrainian tank.

A burnt-out Russian BTR-82A tank which appears to be from the battle in Nova Basan. (@Danspiun/Twitter)

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Nova Basan's last stand 

It's unclear when exactly the footage was shot, but it appears to be taken by a drone that was piloted by a Ukrainian, who later uploaded it to Telegram. A single Ukrainian T-64 tank is seen hidden behind a house, firing against a convoy of Russian tanks driving down the main road. The BTR-82A armored vehicles were hit from a gap between two structures, completely oblivious to the Ukrainian tank's position. 

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One BTR was set on fire, prompting the other vehicles to fire back, but none of them managed to get anywhere close to the Ukrainian tank. As a result, they continue to take a pounding. The footage ends with several Russian tanks fleeing from the area, while multiple other vehicles are on fire. The exact sequence of events is unclear, given that the footage appears to be edited. It's also unclear just how many tanks were destroyed, and how many escaped. 

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On April 1, images from the area showed Ukrainian soldiers inspecting a series of burnt-out BTR tanks, so it is likely that the battle took place sometime in the last week of March, as Russian forces were pulling out of the region. The video goes to show just how effective the Ukrainians have been in their defense, despite having vastly inferior quality equipment. The T-64 is a legacy of the Soviet Union, with Ukraine inheriting thousands after the USSR collapsed. In contrast, the Russian BTR-82A was introduced into service only a decade ago.

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The footage is now going viral online and is being shared across platforms. The tank commander is also being hailed for his incredible skills that have dealt a massive blow to Russia. According to Ukraine's military, Russia has lost 684 tanks, 1,861 armored personnel carriers, and 1,324 other vehicles in the battle so far, a figure the Kremlin has contested, while refusing to acknowledge what its actual losses are. 

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