Moment desperate Russia detonates ISIS-style ‘suicide tank’ packed with six TONS of explosives – but misses target | The Sun

THIS is the moment desperate Russian troops sent a tank crammed with six tons of explosives towards a Ukrainian position before detonating it.

Vladimir Putin's soldiers have adopted the chilling ISIS-style tactic in Moscow's latest shameless bid to advance in Ukraine.

Footage shows a Soviet-era T-54 tank packed with explosives rolling towards a Ukrainian trench near Marinka, Donetsk Oblast, guided by a remote control.

It then hits a land mine before being struck by a Ukrainian rocket – causing it to burst into a raging ball of smoke and fire.

But the tank embarrassingly missed its target, having detonated around 200ft from the Ukrainian troops.

Russian propaganda account "Romanov" claims the 70-year-old tank was stuffed with up to six tons of bombs.

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The tactic is similar to that used by terror group ISIS, such as driving explosives-laden SUVs into Iraqi forces at an army base.

In March, the Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT) – which documents Russia's military actions – said T-54 and T-55 tanks had been loaded onto trains, sparking speculation they would be rebooted.

It comes as Putin's invasion continues to stall, with Ukraine's deputy defence minister claiming forces that liberated eight settlements in the past two weeks.

Ukraine claimed its forces had recaptured Piatykhatky, a village on the road to one of the most heavily defended areas of the Russian-occupied south.

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Soldiers held up yellow-and-blue national flags in a video circulated on social media saying they were inside Piatykhatky.

An unidentified soldier said: "Today, June 18, the forces of 128 assault brigade chased out the Russians from the village of Piatykhatky.

"The Russians ran away leaving equipment and ammunition. Glory to Ukraine."

A Russian-installed official in the partially occupied Zaporizhzhia region had said on Sunday that Kyiv's troops had retaken Piatykhatky, but that they had then been pushed out and that the settlement was now located in a "grey" area of control.

Deputy Defence Minister Hanna Maliar said Ukrainian forces had not only retaken Piatykhatky but had advanced by up to seven km into Russian lines in two weeks.

Maliar wrote on the Telegram messenger: "In the course of two weeks of offensive operations in the Berdiansk and Melitopol directions, eight settlements were liberated."

Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces claimed to have destroyed a "significant" ammunition depot in Russian-occupied Kherson sparking a huge fireball blast.

Smoke was seen rising in large plumes in the region, which has already faced widespread devastation after the destruction of the Khakhovka Dam.

Russian forces have claimed the attack was made by British supplied Storm Shadow missiles, though this hasn't been confirmed.

The blast was the latest of a number of recent suspected devastating Storm Shadow attacks on strategic Henichesk, the designated Putin-capital of the invaded Kherson region. 

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