- The Ukrainian army is keeping Russia out of most of their country’s major cities, destroying Russian tanks in the process.
- The internet was flooded with videos of Russian tanks bursting into flames.
- In less than a week this month, the United States and NATO armed Ukraine with more than 17,000 anti-tank weapons.
One of the greatest armies in the world is failing.
After more than a month of war, the Russian military is dealing with debilitating losses when fighting an enemy with three times less manpower. Armed with weapons, many from NATO allies, the Ukrainian army has so far barred Russian forces from entering almost all major cities, destroying Russian tanks in the process.
In recent weeks, the internet has been flooded with videos showing Russian tanks bursting into flames. The Ukrainian military destroys tanks with a variety of weapons, including landmines, Stunga-Ps guided missiles, and shoulder-launched missiles such as the Javelin and NLAW (Next Generation Light Anti-Tank Weapon).
In less than a week this month, the United States and NATO armed Ukraine with more than 17,000 anti-tank weapons via Poland and Romania, the New York Times reported.
The battle in Ukraine shows that advances in guided missiles are making it much easier for soldiers, even volunteers, to kill tanks. Of the 2,840 tanks in Russia’s active arsenal, at least 340 were destroyed in Ukraine as of March 29.
These seven videos show the varied methods used by the Ukrainian army to annihilate Russian tanks at a rate even experts have found remarkable.
A landmine is an explosive device hidden underground, designed to destroy those who often unknowingly come into contact with them. Landmines that cause indiscriminate damage can lie dormant for years before they are triggered, and often continue to pose problems to civilians long after combat has ended. First used in World War II, landmines have been used in many conflicts, including the Vietnam War, the Korean War, and the first Gulf War.
—🇺🇦 Ukraine Weapons Tracker (@UAWeapons) March 15, 2022
Javelin is a man-portable anti-tank missile system that can be carried and launched by a single person. With a range of 2.5 miles, it tracks its target’s thermal image and is useful against tanks due to their ability to strike from above, like the athletics javelin of the same name. Javelin is a “fire-and-forget” system in which self-guided missiles allow soldiers to take cover or reload immediately after firing. The Javelin was designed by US companies Lockheed Martin and Raytheon and first deployed in 1996.
—Rob Lee (@RALee85) March 9, 2022
Developed and manufactured in Ukraine, the Stugna-P is an anti-tank missile system. At 200 pounds, it’s heavier, less portable, and cheaper than the Javelin, but has proven extremely effective against Russian tanks. It can be set up on tripods and cloaked, allowing soldiers to hide before remotely firing the missile. With a firing range of 328 feet to 3.1 miles, Stugna-P can be manually controlled with a remote control or guided by its own laser in “Fire and Forget” mode.
—Rob Lee (@RALee85) March 23, 2022
—Rob Lee (@RALee85) March 23, 2022
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—🇺🇦 Ukraine Weapons Tracker (@UAWeapons) March 8, 2022
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Like the Javelin, the NLAW is a man-portable anti-tank weapon that can be fired by a single soldier or even a volunteer on foot, using the “fire-and-forget” method. The weapon uses “predictive line of sight” technology, which calculates the distance and speed of the target. The NLAW can hit moving targets from 20 to 400 meters and stationary targets up to 800 meters.
—🇺🇦 Ukraine Weapons Tracker (@UAWeapons) February 27, 2022