The war between Ukraine and Russia has been raging for more than a year, with no end in sight. The conflict has claimed thousands of lives, displaced millions of people, and threatened the stability of Europe and the world. In this blog post, I will tell you the story of how a single Ukrainian tank took out an entire Russian armoured column in a failed enemy attack in the south of Ukraine.
The background of the battle
The battle took place near Novodonetske, a village in the Donetsk region, on November 16, 2023. This area is part of the so-called “grey zone”, a strip of land that separates the Ukrainian-controlled territory from the Russian-occupied territory. The grey zone is a dangerous and volatile place, where clashes and shelling occur almost daily.
Ukraine had launched a counter-offensive in this area earlier in the summer, with the aim of reaching Mariupol, a strategic port city on the Azov Sea. But the attack bogged down and the frontline became static. Russia, meanwhile, had amassed a large number of troops and weapons near the border, and was preparing for a major invasion of Ukraine.
The video of the tank duel
The video that captured the tank duel was uploaded by the Daily Mail, a British tabloid newspaper, on their YouTube channel. The video shows a Russian tank and two armoured vehicles trying to attack Ukrainian positions through a tree-line. But one of Kyiv’s tanks, belonging to the 58th Brigade, demolishes them with accurate fire. Both armoured vehicles are blown to pieces, before the Russian tank is reduced to a smouldering wreck.
The video has gone viral on social media, with many people praising the skill and bravery of the Ukrainian tank crew. Some have compared the tank duel to the famous scene from the movie Fury, where a lone American tank faces off against a German column in World War II.
The context of the war
The tank duel is just one of the many episodes of the war that has been going on since February 2022, when Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, violating its sovereignty and territorial integrity. Russia’s aggression was met with condemnation…