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Ukrainian War: Drone footage shows Russian tank column retreating after artillery ambush | world news

Drone footage shows a column of Russian tanks under fire on the outskirts of kyiv.

A Russian tank commander was killed in the attack on the town of Brovary, according to the Ukrainian military.

The images, taken from a Ukrainian drone, show three Russian tanks in the village of Skybyn before they were joined from the north by at least 20 Russian vehicles, including tanks and a TOS-1A, the system of launch of thermobaric missiles that Russia recently confirmed that he had used in Ukraine.

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Russian tanks in the village of Skybyn
Tanks are seen being destroyed on the outskirts of Brovary, Ukraine, in this screen capture from undated video obtained by Reuters March 10, 2022. Azov/Handout via REUTERS
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A Russian tank commander was killed in the attack, according to the Ukrainian army

Russian forces ambushed

The vehicles turn and stop on the north side of the village before artillery shells and rockets begin to explode around them.

The tightly grouped tanks appear to be disorganized by the attack, eventually retreating from the town.

A military expert, Air Marshal Philip Osborn, said the clustering of vehicles suggests they had not planned an attack.

“In terms of regrouping, you would only regroup in this way if you felt relatively safe from attack,” he told Sky News. “This video proves it was an error in judgement.”

Tanks are seen being destroyed on the outskirts of Brovary, Ukraine, in this screen capture from undated video obtained by Reuters March 10, 2022. Azov/Handout via REUTERS
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The tightly grouped tanks seem overwhelmed by the attack
Tanks are seen being destroyed on the outskirts of Brovary, Ukraine, in this screen capture from undated video obtained by Reuters March 10, 2022. Azov/Handout via REUTERS
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Audio-intercepted radio communication played alongside video says they were ‘ambushed’

Russian tank commander ‘killed’

An intercepted radio communication in audio played alongside the video indicates that they were “ambushed” as several strikes hit the column.

Footage shows someone on the ground as others rush to help.

The thermobaric missile launcher can be seen firing, though it’s unclear if this was on purpose.

As they retreat, the Russian vehicles regroup.

Ukrainian forces claimed that a Russian tank commander, Colonel Andrei Zakharov, was killed in the assault.

“Questionable tactic”

Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said Russian forces “suffered significant losses in personnel and equipment” and the tank column was forced to retreat and go on the defensive.

Footage taken following the ambush shows burning Russian vehicles on the road.

Tanks are seen being destroyed on the outskirts of Brovary, Ukraine, in this screen capture from undated video obtained by Reuters March 10, 2022. Azov/Handout via REUTERS
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As they retreat, the Russian vehicles regroup
Tanks are seen being destroyed on the outskirts of Brovary, Ukraine, in this screen capture from undated video obtained by Reuters March 10, 2022. Azov/Handout via REUTERS
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Footage taken following the ambush shows burning Russian vehicles on the road

Rob Lee, a military expert and senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, told Sky News: “The Russian forces in the video demonstrated questionable tactics.

“They are quite close to kyiv and moving on a probable approach route, where the Ukrainians expect them to come from, and yet the column is not scattered at all, which makes them vulnerable to artillery fire.”

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Russian forces advance towards kyiv

“Difficult night” on the outskirts of kyiv

Russian forces attempt to advance on the Ukrainian capital, kyiv.

Artillery fire was heard west of the city, Deputy Interior Minister Vadym Denysenko said.

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He told Ukraine’s Rada TV channel that residents had spent a “rather difficult” night on the outskirts of the capital as Russian forces began targeting military sites but struck residential areas.

The city’s mayor, Vitali Klitschko, said around two million people had left the city.

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“Every street, every house (…) is fortified, the territorial defense joins,” he said.

“Even people who in their life never intended to change their clothes, now they are in uniform with machine guns in their hands.”