Explosive moment drone takes out Russian vehicle first used in Chernobyl disaster

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A Russian tank which was able to withstand the Chernobyl nuclear disaster has been destroyed by the Ukrainian army.

Footage from the battlefield shows the ladoga nuclear command vehicle being taken out by a drone strike.

It was first designed in the 1970s to move senior Kremlin staff around in the event of a nuclear attack.

It was then used in 1986 following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and performed well by the explosion of Reactor Number 4.

No more than five of the armoured vehicles were built, making it surprising one was spotted on the battlefield.

Russia has had problems with replacing their tank fleet, which has been repeatedly hit since the start of their invasion in 2022.

They have lost 6,904 tanks, Kyiv sources have estimated.

AFV Recognition, an authoritative social media account tracking Russian armour, told The Telegraph: ‘Out of all the vehicles that have been pulled out of storage and used by Russia in this war, this is one that was really at the bottom of my list to even see in theatre, never mind destroyed.’

Footage from the battlefield shows the ladoga nuclear command vehicle being taken out by a drone strike (Picture: Ukrainian Army)

In May, just one tank was on show in Moscow’s Victory Day parade.

The year before saw 131 different units involved and an airshow of 77 aircraft and helicopters.

The dictator normally shows off the huge array of military power at his disposal by rolling out tanks, missiles and other menacing weapons systems.

In January, one of Russia’s most advanced tanks was obliterated by a US Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle.

Vladimir Putin’s ‘world-best’ T-90, said to be worth £3.5 million, was reduced to scrap after being disabled and peppered with projectiles.

The tank appeared to suffer multiple close-range hits in the village of Stepove, in the eastern region of Donetsk.

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