Dramatic moment Russian Z-tank rolls over TWO landmines as it explodes into flames

IMAGES show the dramatic moment a Russian tank rolled over two landmines before being hit by Ukrainian artillery.

It triggered what is known as the 'Jack-in-the-box' effect – when a tank's ammunition compartment explodes – causing its turret to be violently torn off the rest of the vehicle.


In the video, obtained from the Land Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the turret – which appears to be a T-72B3 – can be seen lying next to the tank.

The T-72B3 is a recent Russian upgrade to their ageing T-72B tanks, but they do not appear to have fixed the vehicle's known vulnerability to the Jack-in-the-box effect.

It is currently unclear where exactly in Ukraine the footage was filmed, but local media report it was shot in the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine.

The Land Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said: "It is better to look under your feet, Russians, because there are many more such surprises waiting for you on our land."

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The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have reported that from February 24 to June 1, Russia lost about 30,700 military personnel.

The images come after Duty-style footage showing the shocking moment a Ukrainian laser-guided rocket blasted a Russian reconnaissance vehicle.

Ukrainian forces said the BRDM-2 – a combat reconnaissance patrol vehicle – was destroyed in the Luhansk region, in eastern Ukraine.

The Ukrainian military added that Russia had lost 1,361 tanks, 3,343 armoured fighting vehicles, 659 artillery systems, 207 multiple launch rocket systems, 94 anti-aircraft systems, 208 warplanes, 175 helicopters, 519 tactical unmanned aerial vehicles, 120 cruise missiles, 13 warships, 2,290 military vehicles and fuel tankers, and 49 units of special equipment over the same period.

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