Footage of the aftermath of the strikes show a Russian tank in a huge fireball as black smoke billows out from its remains. Buried beneath greenery, the tank was believed to be located using drones and then attacked from long-range. The Ukrainian T-64BV tank crew reportedly managed to destroy the enemy tank from a distance of 10600 metres in indirect fire mode using 125mm HE-FRAG projectiles. As claimed, it took 20 projectiles to finish the tank. It comes as inspections of the nuclear power plant in the city of Zaporizhzhia got underway to try and stabilise the region and prevent disaster.
Ukrainian tanks commonly use special software for indirect fire, the kind that was used to destroy the Russian vehicle from long range.
The method calculates the angle and azimuth and the missile is then corrected by a drone nearer the target.
Using that method, the 10600m strike is believed to be one of the longest tank-to-tank targets carried out by Ukrainian forces during this conflict.
State-of-the-art supplies from the West have allowed Ukraine to attack Russian outposts and vehicles from long range, levelling the playing field with Russia.
Meanwhile, United Nations inspectors arrived at the southern Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia on Wednesday on a mission to prevent an accident at a nearby Russian-occupied nuclear power plant and to try to stabilise the situation after weeks of shelling in the vicinity.
Russian-installed officials in the area near the power station suggested the visit might last only one day, while IAEA and Ukrainian officials suggested it would last longer.
“The mission will take a few days. If we are able to establish a permanent presence, or a continued presence, then it’s going to be prolonged. But this first segment is going to take a few days,” IAEA chief Rafael Grossi told reporters at a hotel in Zaporizhzhia.
“We have a very important task there to perform – to assess the real situation there, to help stabilise the situation as much as we can,” he said, adding the IAEA team had guarantees from both Russia and Ukraine enabling it to enter the war zone.
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A Russian military force has been at the plant ever since early March, as has most of the Ukrainian workforce who have toiled to continue running the facility, which traditionally supplied Ukraine with 20 percent of its electricity needs.
Fighting was reported both near the power station and further afield, with Kyiv and Moscow both claiming battlefield successes as Ukraine mounted a counter-offensive to recapture territory in the south.
Away from Ukraine, Russia halted gas supplies via Europe’s key supply route on Wednesday, intensifying an economic battle between Moscow and Brussels that could lead to recession and energy rationing in some of the region’s richest countries.
European Union foreign ministers decided on Wednesday to make it more expensive and lengthier for Russians to obtain visas to visit the bloc, but stopped short of agreeing an EU-wide visa ban that some member states had wanted.
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