‘Woodland’ M1 tank in Ukraine battles Russian forces in Stepove

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Previously, information from conflict zones in Ukraine late last year suggested the appearance of an M1 Abrams on the frontline. Now, visual proof verifies that at least one M1 Abrams tank has been actively engaged in combat. 

Footage that emerged on social media merely a day ago displays the tank in the Stepove region of Donetsk. Painted in an attractive woodland camouflage, the M1 Abrams swiftly navigates through the ravaged and charred landscape of Stepove. 

Subsequent footage reveals the M1 in a standstill position, discharging several rounds consecutively. The source alleges the rounds targeted Russian stations within the vicinity of Stepove. Rather notably, it appears the M1 Abrams self-conducts counterattacks, ostensibly without the aid of supporting ground units or infantry combat vehicles.

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Destroyed M1, but not a tank

Recent reports highlight the loss of the M1150, a special military machinery, similar to the Abrams tanks. This observation was made by the Russian research group, Rybar. They discovered that this machine was destroyed nearly a kilometer away from the combat zone. Interestingly, the site was a deserted area near the quiet village of Petrovske, lacking any Ukrainian support to safeguard this valuable equipment in battle conditions

The M1150’s loss is felt not only by Ukraine but also by the United States. Reports from last November indicated that the M1150 Assault Breacher Vehicle [ABV] was set to be delivered to Ukraine. Given that the US Army only has about 30 to 50 of these machines, each one is of great worth. 

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This loss is a huge blow for Ukraine. With the Russian army putting down thick minefields throughout the combat zones and even behind Ukrainian lines, the M1150 would have been extremely useful for Ukrainian units responsible for removing these mines. Their work is now likely to be slowed down without the M1150. 

A video circulating on the internet shows when the M1150 gets hit. Uncertainty surrounds who launched the attack – whether it was air forces, a missile, a kamikaze drone, or ground forces such as artillery or an anti-tank system. However, the crew managed to exit the vehicle, which indicates a likely kamikaze drone attack that they managed to detect just in time to avoid a larger catastrophe.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

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On February 21, 2022, Russia stated that its border facility was attacked by Ukrainian forces, resulting in the deaths of five Ukrainian fighters. However, Ukraine quickly dismissed these allegations, labeling them as ‘false flags’.

In a notable move on the same day, Russia announced it officially recognized the self-proclaimed areas of DPR and LPR. Interestingly, according to Russian President Putin, this recognition covered all the Ukrainian regions. Following this declaration, Putin sent a battalion of Russia’s military forces, tanks included, into these areas.

Fast forward to February 24, 2022, global headlines were dominated by a significant incident. Putin commanded a forceful military assault on Ukraine. Led by Russia’s impressive Armed Forces positioned at the Ukrainian border, this assault wasn’t spontaneous but a premeditated action. Despite the circumstances resembling a war, the Russian government refrains from using this term. They’d rather refer to it as a “special military operation”.

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