A Ukrainian soldier shot down five Russian tanks in a single day with US-supplied Javelin missiles, Ukraine says

A composite image showing four apparent spear attacks on Russian tanks in Marinka, Donetsk Oblast was shared on February 28, 2023. The four images show bursts of smoke and flame against a background of fields.

Four of the alleged rocket attacks in Marinka, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine were shared on February 28, 2023.Ministry of Defense of Ukraine/79th Air Assault Brigade/Insider

  • Eight Russian armored vehicles are smoldering thanks to a Ukrainian soldier, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry says.

  • According to Ukraine, he knocked out five tanks and three other vehicles in Donetsk in a single day.

  • A social media post about the apparent feat included praise for the US-supplied Javelin missiles being used.

According to Ukrainian authorities, a Ukrainian soldier armed with US-supplied Javelin missiles shot down five Russian tanks in a single day.

The feat came during a major Russian tank attack on Ukraine’s 79th Air Assault Brigade outside of Marinka, west of the city of Donetsk. claimed a social media post from the brigade.

During the fighting, the paratrooper took out the five tanks, as well as three infantry fighting vehicles known as BMPs. He did this by constantly changing his position, the Post said.

According to the Post, supporting artillery destroyed another four BMPs.

A video posted by Ukraine’s Defense Ministry showed the alleged tank attacks:

Since the beginning of the Russian invasion in February 2022 The US has delivered about 8,500 Javelin missiles to Ukraine — a powerful shoulder-mounted anti-tank man-portable weapon. They have quickly became a key element of Ukraine’s defense.

The video post from Ukraine’s Defense Ministry was accompanied by text that said: “American weapons in Ukrainian hands work wonders.”

Marinka, located about 21 km west of the city of Donetsk, has been repeatedly attacked by Russian forces is now largely in ruins.

Ukrainian sentries did not make clear when the alleged incidents took place, but they happened right in the middle Reports of Russian forces attempting to make advances around Marinkaas part of a broader goal to control the region.

This was reported by the Russian news agency Readovka has continued fighting around Marinka since Monday, claiming that Russian troops have dug in to the south of the city. Losses were not mentioned.

Insider has not been able to independently verify the tank’s claims, but an examination of a shot from the Ukrainian MOD footage found a plausible match with territory in and around Marinka, marked by two prominent hill formations.

A comparison between footage shared by Ukraine's Defense Ministry allegedly showing an attack in Marinka and a corresponding Google Earth view of Marinka showing similar landmarks. The landmarks - two hills and a building - are marked with red squares.

An insider-tagged comparison between footage from Ukraine’s Defense Ministry and a Google Earth image of Marinka, the area it purports to show.Ministry of Defense of Ukraine/Google Earth/Insider

If the strikes are confirmed, the strikes would put further pressure on Russia’s supply of much-needed tanks, where demand currently exceeds supply by a factor of 10. according to reports.

Open source intelligence platform Oryx estimates that Russia is losing about 150 tanks a month, while its only factory that makes them can only make 20 in that time, as reported by The Economist.

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