Drone footage shows Russian tanks explode after driving onto minefield

Incredible drone footage depicts the moment two Russian tanks drive onto a minefield in Ukraine and explode one after the other, as the war rumbles on.

The aerial footage shows one BMP stationary and with smoke billowing from it as the tank behind hastily tries to overtake, before appearing to detonate a mine underneath its tracks.

The two Soviet vehicles then appear to explode, sending smoke and debris rushing into the sky.

"Two Russian BMP's drive headlong into a minefield, Ukrainian drone watches the results unfold," said one person in a viral post on Reddit.

The BMP-1 is a Soviet amphibious tracked infantry fighting vehicle. BMP stands for Boyevaya Mashina Pyekhoty 1, meaning "infantry fighting vehicle, 1st serial model".

The BMP-1 was the first mass-produced infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) of the Soviet Union.

Reports from UK Ministry of Defence seem to confirm that since the beginning of the invasion Russia may have lost “one-third of ground combat force” being sent into Ukraine.

In light of the reports, Ministry of Defence said that Russian troops in the east of Ukraine had “lost momentum” and were now “significantly behind schedule”.

“Russian forces are increasingly constrained by degraded enabling capabilities, continued low morale and reduced combat effectiveness.

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“Many of these capabilities cannot be quickly replaced or reconstituted and are likely to continue to hinder Russian operations in Ukraine.

“Under the current conditions, Russia is unlikely to dramatically accelerate its rate of advance over the next 30 days.”

NATO deputy secretary general Mircea Geoana also seemed to confirm the assessments from UK Ministry of Defence, and claimed that Ukrainian troops could be in a position to defeat Russia.

He also said: “The brutal invasion of Russia is losing momentum.

“With significant support from allies and partners in billions of dollars, in military support, in financial support, humanitarian support, we know that with the bravery of the Ukrainian people and army and with our help, Ukraine can win this war”.

The claims come after Ukraine confirmed that its forces have recaptured villages from Russian troops located north of Ukraine’s second-largest city of Kharkiv, pushing them back towards the Russian border.

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