A British Challenger 2 main battle tank has been “destroyed” for the “first time in history” after being blown up in Ukraine in the hot zone of Robotyne where there is a 600 mile frontline.
The British trained 82nd and 46th Ukrainian brigades who are believed to be fighting on the front in Robotyne are equipped with the Challenger 2 tanks which were received this year.
A video has now emerged showing a Challenger 2 destroyed and burning with thick black smoke billowing from it and it is not known if the crew survived.
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Pro-Russian military blogger channels on Telegram said, “It seems that the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) will have to change the description of the Challenger on its official website.”
💥🇷🇺⚔️🇺🇦🇬🇧 — Officially with records made by a Ukrainian soldier we can confirm that the #Challenger2 tank donated by the #UK to the Armed Forces of #Ukraine was destroyed in the direction of #Robotino.
Remembering that this is the first time in history that a Challenger 2 was… pic.twitter.com/WSvOUATJNQ
— 🔥🗞The Informant (@theinformantofc) September 5, 2023
The MoD says on their website that the Challenger 2 main battle tanks has “never suffered losses” in Iraq, Kosovo and Bosnia.
Commentator Mikhail Zvinchuk, said, “At the beginning of the video, the hulk of a burning tank is visible, and in visual outline it looks like a British Challenger 2 .
“This type of armoured vehicle has not yet appeared at the front, and this may be the first recorded case of its destruction.”