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A Russian armoured vehicle inexplicably drove straight over a clearly-visibly landmine and was immediately blown up in the latest example of the incompetence of Putin‘s forces.

Aerial footage shows the MT-LB vehicle slowly inching towards the scattered TM-62 anti-tank mines lining a Ukrainian road without seeming to notice the explosive devices.

As soon as it makes contact with the mine, a huge fireball erupts, ripping apart the armoured vehicle and catapulting debris into the sky in a cloud of smoke.

Aerial footage shows the MT-LB vehicle slowly inching towards the scattered TM-62 anti-tank mines

Aerial footage shows the MT-LB vehicle slowly inching towards the scattered TM-62 anti-tank mines

As soon as it makes contact with the mine, a huge fireball erupts, ripping apart the armoured vehicle

As soon as it makes contact with the mine, a huge fireball erupts, ripping apart the armoured vehicle

The vehicle was predictably blown to smithereens in the latest example of the sheer incompetence of Putin's forces

The vehicle was predictably blown to smithereens in the latest example of the sheer incompetence of Putin’s forces

The shell-shocked driver is then seen sitting on the scorched earth looking around in bafflement next to the fuming wreck.

He then packs his belongings and walks away with his tail between his legs after the embarrassing episode.

Retired soldier Mark Hertling said of the footage: ‘Anti-armour mines are usually buried. Armoured vehicle drivers aren’t supposed to see them.

‘If you “see” them, you should “move” or “avoid” them. Trained soldiers shouldn’t drive over them.

‘It reinforces the point: Russian soldiers aren’t well trained.’

The MT-LB is an amphibious Soviet armoured fighting vehicle which has been in use since the 1950s. 

The shell-shocked driver is then seen sitting on the scorched earth looking around in bafflement next to the fuming wreck

The shell-shocked driver is then seen sitting on the scorched earth looking around in bafflement next to the fuming wreck

He then packs his belongings and walks away with his tail between his legs after the embarrassing episode

He then packs his belongings and walks away with his tail between his legs after the embarrassing episode

The MT-LB is an amphibious Soviet armoured fighting vehicle which has been in use since the 1950s

The MT-LB is an amphibious Soviet armoured fighting vehicle which has been in use since the 1950s

It can carry three crew up front and 11 passengers behind or a cargo of up to 2,000kg.

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Putin continues to suffer damaging blows to his war effort, with huge losses to infantry and equipment in his botched invasion.

Yesterday, Ukrainian troops shot down four Russian helicopters today in just 18 minutes.

Kyiv‘s Ministry of Defence and Air Force both confirmed the downing of the aircraft on its social media pages, celebrating a ‘productive morning, Ukrainian style’.

The helicopters – presumed to be Soviet-era KA-52 models – were taken down by Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile units in Southern Ukraine, where Kyiv’s forces have been making gains into territory illegally occupied by Russian forces.

Kyiv's Ministry of Defence and Air Force both confirmed the downing of the aircraft on its social media pages, celebrating a 'productive morning, Ukrainian style'. Pictured: An illustration posted by Kyiv's Ministry of Defence on Wednesday announcing the strikes

Kyiv’s Ministry of Defence and Air Force both confirmed the downing of the aircraft on its social media pages, celebrating a ‘productive morning, Ukrainian style’. Pictured: An illustration posted by Kyiv’s Ministry of Defence on Wednesday announcing the strikes

According to the military, units were targeting two more helicopters in the region around the same time, so the number of destroyed aircraft could even increase.

‘From 8:40 a.m. to 8.58 On October 12, in the south of Ukraine, anti-aircraft missile units of the Air Force destroyed at least four enemy attack helicopters (probably Ka-52), which were providing fire support to the ground occupation troops in the southern direction,’ the Air Force said in a post to its Telegram channel.

‘According to preliminary data, one helicopter fell on the territory freed from militants, the rest – behind the [Russian] front line.

‘Combat work was carried out on two more helicopters, so there is a high probability that the number of confirmed downed helicopters will increase! Glory to Ukraine! Death to the racist occupiers!’ the post added.

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence celebrated the destruction of the KA-52 ‘Alligators’ – a two-seat variant of the Soviet-era KA-50.

‘Productive morning, Ukrainian style. Today, in just 18 minutes, service members of #UAarmy shot down 4 Russian helicopters that were spoiling beautiful autumn skies in the south of Ukraine,’ the post said.

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‘No place for Alligators here. The local climate is hostile towards them,’ it added.

According to the latest estimates from the General Staff of the Armed Forces, Russia had already lost 235 helicopters before the four were destroyed today.

The helicopters, presumed to be Soviet-era KA-52 models - were taken down by Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile units in Southern Ukraine, where Kyiv's forces have been making gains into previously occupied Russian territory. Pictured: A Russian Ka-52 helicopter gunship is seen in the field after a forced landing outside Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022 (file photo)

The helicopters, presumed to be Soviet-era KA-52 models – were taken down by Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile units in Southern Ukraine, where Kyiv’s forces have been making gains into previously occupied Russian territory. Pictured: A Russian Ka-52 helicopter gunship is seen in the field after a forced landing outside Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022 (file photo)

In addition, it says Russia has lost 63,380 personnel, 2,505 tanks, 5,181 armoured combat vehicles, 1,507 artillery units, 355 multiple launch rocket systems, 182 air defence systems, 268 warplanes, 1,129 drones, 315 cruise missiles, 15 warships, 3,927 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 136 units of special equipment. 

In response to the heavy blows and the blast on the Crimean bridge on Saturday, Putin has unleashed a furious bombardment on Ukraine, firing Iranian-made kamikaze drones at the capital early today.

The strike on Kyiv sent rescue workers rushing to the scene as residents awoke to air raid sirens for the fourth consecutive morning following Russia’s major assault across the country earlier this week.

Kyiv regional governor Oleksiy Kuleba said the strike occurred in the area around the capital. It wasn’t yet clear if there were any casualties.

Deputy head of the presidential office Kyrylo Tymoshenko said on Telegram that ‘critical infrastructure facilities’ in the area were hit, without offering any details on which ones.

A view of a damaged tank after the village of Mala Komyshuvakha was recaptured by Ukrainian forces

A view of a damaged tank after the village of Mala Komyshuvakha was recaptured by Ukrainian forces

In the southern city of Mykolaiv, overnight shelling destroyed a five-story apartment building as fighting continued along Ukraine’s southern front.

Mykolaiv Mayor Oleksandr Sienkovych said the building’s top two floors were completely destroyed in a single strike and the rest of the building was left in rubble. There were no immediate reports of dead or wounded.

Early morning attacks on Ukraine’s southern front have become a daily occurrence in Russia’s war as Kyiv’s forces push a counteroffensive aimed at recapturing territory occupied by Moscow.

Attacks on Kyiv had become rare before the capital city was hit at least four times during Monday’s massive strikes, which killed at least 19 people and wounded more than 100 across the country.

Western leaders this week pledged to send more weapons to Ukraine, including air defence systems and weapons Kyiv has said are critical to defeating the invading Russian forces.

Britain says it will provide missiles for advanced NASAM anti-aircraft systems that the Pentagon plans to send to Ukraine in coming weeks. It’s also sending hundreds of additional aerial drones for information gathering and logistics support, plus 18 more howitzer artillery guns.

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said that ‘these weapons will help Ukraine defend its skies from attacks and strengthen their overall missile defence alongside the US NASAMS’.

The systems, which Kyiv has long wanted, will provide medium-to-long-range defence against missile attacks.

The offer comes as NATO defence ministers meet in Brussels, aiming to help bolster Ukraine’s aerial defences after Monday’s widespread Russian assault.

Ukraine’s military said this week that its current air defences have shot down dozens of incoming Russian missiles and Shahed-136 drones, the so-called kamikaze drones that have played an increasingly deadly role in the war.

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