Moment a Russian tank is blown up sending its turret flying 250ft in to the air
- Incredible footage shows one of Putin’s tanks blow its top after Ukrainian strike
- Huge turret stays intact but goes flying into the air above road outside Mariupol
- Blast engulfs entire tank and surrounding area; clip shot by Chinese state TV
- The reporter’s car needed emergency brake to avoid damage, journalist added
- Appears to be ‘jack in the box effect’ which makes Russian tanks ‘mobile coffins’
This is the audacious moment a Russian tank is obliterated just outside Mariupol, with its turret shooting up hundreds of feet into the air.
Amazing video shot by Chinese state TV channel Phoenix shows the sudden blast in eastern Ukraine, which saw the Russian tank wiped out instantaneously.
It’s not clear what sort of weapon was used to detonate the immense explosion, but it must have been hefty to trigger such a blast.
Bizarrely, the tank’s turret stayed perfectly intact as it flew 250ft (76m) into the air above the busy road into war-torn Mariupol, south-eastern Ukraine.
The Chinese journalist who shot the footage said her driver had to slam on the brakes to avert the blast.
Phoenix TV wrote: ‘Reporter Lu Yuguang escaped death during the interview in eastern Ukraine [as] the driver needed emergency deceleration to avoid danger.’
It added: ‘Phoenix Satellite TV dispatched a frontline interview team from eastern Ukraine to go to the Mariupol Azov Steel Plant on May 6 to discuss the evacuation of civilians by the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Russian Military Organization.’
The massive explosion took place just outside Mariupol in south-eastern Ukraine: Phoenix TV
The reporter’s car had to slam the brakes, the Chinese outlet said, in order to avert disaster
The strike footage appears to be the latest sign of what defence experts have termed the ‘jack in the box’ effect in Russian tanks.
A fatal design flaw dating back to the Gulf War leaves Putin’s maligned weapons of war little more than ‘mobile coffins’.
Sam Bendett, an adviser with the Russian Studies Program at the Center for a New American Security, told CNN: ‘What we are witnessing with Russian tanks is a design flaw.
A fatal design flaw in Russian tanks dating back to the Gulf War has made them ‘sitting ducks’ for Ukrainian attacks, blasting the turret up to two storeys into the air, defence experts said
‘Any successful hit … quickly ignites the ammo causing a massive explosion, and the turret is literally blown off.’
Western militaries have learned from the flaw and their tanks now have compartmentalised ammunition.
Steven Zaloga, an expert on Russian and Soviet armour, told military site Task & Purpose: ‘If you see film footage of a hit followed by the ammunition fire, typically what happens is that one propellant casing goes off — or one or two — because of a penetration.
‘The explosion of the first propellant case tends to trigger more.
‘And so, what you often-times see is a sequence where one propellant case or a couple of propellant cases go off and then the stowage down in the autoloader goes up, basically like a string of firecrackers.’
Smoke rises amid ruins of Mariupol’s Azovstal steel works, which is under a weeks-long siege