Video of Russian tank blowing up in Ukraine captured by Chinese state media

A recent video shot in Ukraine reportedly shows a Russian tank being destroyed by a massive explosion.

The dramatic footage, captured by a dashcam in a vehicle with a reporter from the part-state-owned Chinese television network Phoenix TV, shows the moment the Russian tank broke down on May 6 in an explosion near the Ukrainian city of Mariupol.† Video of the explosion posted to Twitter was captured as the reporter and another man headed toward the blast.

Dashcam footage of the May 6 explosion shows several cars driving in the opposite direction to the explosion seconds before it happens. You can see people sitting in the back of a truck right in front of the reporter’s vehicle, trying to take cover as the explosion takes place.

As smoke and fire engulf the tank, you can see the turret being thrown into the air.

The reporter was on his way to the Azovstal steel mill to interview individuals who were taking shelter at that location when the explosion happened, police said. New York Post†

At the moment it remains unclear 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 blast.

Russian tanks
Recently released video, reportedly shot in Ukraine, showed a Russian tank destroyed by an explosion. Pictured above are tanks in Moscow during the Victory Day parade on May 9.
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House Democrats on Thursday formally requested that YouTube, TikTok, Twitter and Meta archive possible evidence of alleged Russian war crimes on their platforms. House lawmakers expressed concern that content posted to the platforms could be lost to the automated systems and processes that social media platforms often use to remove graphic and violent posts.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense posted a video took to Twitter Tuesday with an aerial view of another tank just before it was hit and engulfed in flames that sent a black mushroom cloud of smoke into the sky. In the post, which has now been viewed more than 640,000 times, the ministry, which said it used Swedish-made weapons in the operation, thanked the “Swedish people and the king for their help.”

A Ukrainian war reporter posted a photo of himself on Facebook on May 4, standing near a knocked-out T-90M tank in the eastern region of Kharkov. Experts said the photo showed the first confirmed loss in the Ukraine war of one of Russia’s most advanced tanks.

news week has contacted the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for comment.

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