Recent video captured in Ukraine reportedly shows a Russian tank being destroyed in a massive explosion.
The dramatic footage, captured by a dash cam in a vehicle with a reporter from the partially state-run Chinese television station Phoenix TV, shows the moment the Russian tank was demolished in an explosion on May 6 near the Ukrainian city of Mariupol.. Video of the explosion posted on Twitter was captured as the reporter and another man walked in the direction of the explosion.
In the dash cam footage, several cars can be seen heading in the opposite direction of the explosion seconds before it happened. People in the back of a truck just in front of the journalist’s vehicle can be seen trying to take cover during the explosion.
As smoke and fire engulf the tank, what appears to be its turret can be seen as it is thrown through the air.
The journalist was traveling to the Azovstal steelworks to interview people who were seeking refuge there when the explosion occurred, according to the New York Post. Ukrainians at the Azovstal plant, the last stronghold against Russian forces in Mariupol, face dire conditions, with reports of inadequate food and medical care for the injured.
At present, it is still unknown who or what is responsible for the destruction of the Russian tank. It is also uncertain whether there were any injuries or casualties as a result of the explosion.
On Thursday, House Democrats formally asked YouTube, TikTok, Twitter and Meta to archive possible evidence of alleged war crimes on their platforms. House lawmakers expressed concern that content posted on the platforms “could be lost due to the automated systems and processes that social media platforms often use to remove graphic and violent posts.”
The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense published a video on Twitter on Tuesday showing an aerial view of another tank just before it was hit and engulfed in flames that sent a black mushroom of smoke into the air. In the post, which has now been viewed more than 640,000 times, the ministry said it used Swedish-made weapons in the operation and thanked “the Swedish people and the king for their help”.
A Ukrainian war journalist posted a photo of himself on Facebook on May 4, standing near a knocked out T-90M tank in the eastern region of Kharkiv. Experts said the photo showed the first confirmed loss in the Ukrainian war of one of Russia’s most advanced tanks.
Newsweek contacted the Russian Foreign Ministry for comment.