The war between Ukraine and Russia has entered a new phase of intensity, as the Ukrainian army launched a counter-offensive to reclaim the strategic Kharkiv region from the Russian invaders. One of the most dramatic scenes of this operation was captured on video by a Ukrainian soldier, who filmed a tank advancing through the snow and firing at the enemy positions.
The footage, which was uploaded on YouTube by the Daily Mail, shows a Ukrainian T-64 tank driving along a dirt road near the village of Synkovka, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of Kharkiv. The tank is part of a unit that is trying to break through the Russian defenses and reach the city, which has been under siege since February.
As the tank approaches a wooded area, it spots a group of Russian soldiers hiding behind a low wall. The tank commander orders the gunner to fire, and a loud boom is heard as the 125 mm cannon shoots a high-explosive shell. A cloud of smoke and dust rises from the impact, and the Russian soldiers are seen scrambling for cover.
The tank then makes a sharp u-turn and heads back to its own lines, avoiding any possible return fire. The video ends with the tank disappearing behind a hill, as the soldier filming says “Glory to Ukraine!”
The video is a rare glimpse into the fierce tank battles that have been raging in the Kharkiv region, where both sides have deployed hundreds of armored vehicles. According to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, the Ukrainian forces have managed to recapture several villages and towns in the area, and are now closing in on Kharkiv, the second-largest city in Ukraine and a major industrial and cultural center.
The Russian Defense Ministry, however, has denied that the Ukrainian army has made any significant gains, and has accused the Ukrainian forces of using indiscriminate artillery and airstrikes against civilian targets. The Russian ministry also claimed that it has destroyed dozens of Ukrainian tanks and other vehicles, and has inflicted heavy casualties on the Ukrainian troops.
The Kharkiv region is one of the main flashpoints of the war, which started in 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea and supported a separatist uprising in eastern Ukraine. The region borders Russia and…