Watch intense onboard camera footage from Ukrainian tank as troops blast Russians in point-blank battle near Kherson | The Sun

THIS is the intense moment a Ukrainian tank opened fire in astonishing onboard camera footage from a vicious battle against the Russians.

Fierce fighting can be seen in the video as the 46-tonne T-84 main battle tank blasts its 125mm cannon towards Putin's men during the bloody clash that is understood to have occurred near Kherson.




Ukrainian forces are seen engaging nearly point-blank with a Russian convoy who appear to have blundered into them as they drive up a dirt road.

Trucks emblazoned with the "Z" symbol can see attempting to rush past the tank – only for soldiers on the ground to then open fire on them.

The bearded gunner in the tank's turret ducks down as gunfire can be heard all around him.

With the snaps of bullets and the boom of tank guns, the convoy – with a truck towing a howitzer and an armoured personal carrier – grind to a halt.

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Other clips released as part of the video package shows the gunner opening fire on unseen foes with his heavy machine gun.

The slick video also shows the tank's gun bucking as it ejects spent shells inside the armoured hull.

And the gun's autoloading arm is seen putting in a shift as it loads the cannon with rounds capable of hitting targets nearly two miles away from the tank.

The lumbering behemoth is also seen dipping and rumbling through the landscape as it drives over churned-up dirt roads in the warzone.

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The onboard footage was filmed by the 25th Airbourne Brigade who have been on the offensive near Kherson.

Kherson is one of the main battlefields on the frontline.

Ukrainian troops are attempting to surround and recapture the strategic city which has been in Russian hands since March.

Kremlin forces are currently attempting to evacuate the area as they may be plotting to blow up a key dam.

The dam would unleash an 18million ton wall of water – flooding 80 towns and villages to slow the march of the Ukrainians.

Liberating the region – which has been illegally annexed by Mad Vlad – would be a major victory for Ukraine and a further humiliation for Russia.

And it could open the door to a fresh offensive towards Crimea – with some believing the Russian army could even collapse before the end of 2022.

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But elsewhere it is feared Putin could launch a new assault towards Kyiv across the border from Belarus.

Vlad would be trying to open a new front in a bid to slow the storming Ukrainian advances in the wartorn country's east and south.

Russia's desperate bid to turn their failing war around has also seen them launch a massive assault on civilian infrastructure.

Missiles and drones are being used to rain down on power stations as the weather gets colder and days get darker.

Yesterday, Putin's strikes left nearly 1.5million Ukrainians in darkness.

It is believed Russia hopes by doing so they may be able to make Kyiv lose hope and give up the defence on their homeland.

Kremlin officials claimed on Saturday they had prevented an attempt by Ukraine to break through its line of control in Kherson.



Kyiv has imposed an information blackout from the Kherson front to prepare for the final push.

And in a rare admission of problems on the battlefield, Russian commander "General Armageddon" Sergei Surovikin said the situation in Kherson was "already difficult".

He chillingly warned Russia was "not ruling out difficult decisions" there. 

Putin's commanders believed they could roll over Ukraine in a matter of days – but now the war has been raging for eight months.

They convinced Russia troops they would be greeted with cheers and waving flags as "liberators", instead, they were faced with Kalashnikovs and Molotov cocktails as invaders.

Vlad's war has become a slow and brutal quagmire – one which has seen the Russians change tactics, moving from attempts at surgical strikes to savage, indiscriminate attacks on civilians.

With further defeats on the horizon, a seemingly hopeless mass mobilisation, and a resurgent Ukraine storming towards their new "territory" – fears are growing the war could escalate once again.

Moscow has red lines in its doctrine about when to use nukes – but they are softer than those in the West.

Putin is happy to use the weapons if he considers there is an "existential threat" to Russia.

Russia is thought to have around 2,000 nuclear weapons in their arsenal in the form of small yield missiles, torpedoes and artillery shells.

Moscow's war doctrine is believed to be open to using nuclear weapons in a conventional conflict as an intimidation tactic – and the use of such a weapon must be signed off personally by Putin.

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The tactic became known as "escalate to de-escalate".

The Sun Online however revealed that former Western military commanders believe Putin could be overruled by his own men if he launched a nuke strike on Ukraine.



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