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Oh, are you trapped?: This is how Ukraine mocks the destruction of a Russian BTR-82 armored vehicle

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Oh, are you trapped?: This is how Ukraine mocks the destruction of a Russian BTR-82 armored vehicle

The BTR-82 is a powerful Russian armored vehicle designed in the 21st century that improves the previous version from the 1990s, which the Kremlin is using enormously in the invasion of Ukraine. It incorporates new features compared to its predecessor: more powerful armor, anti-splinter coatings, a more modern night vision device, satellite navigation system and a more powerful 300 HP engine.

It is, therefore, a very prized vehicle by the Kremlin forces and, for that reason, a piece highly coveted by its Ukrainian rival. Hence the way in which the kyiv Army has celebrated the destruction of one of these vehicles.

According to information provided by the Ukrainian force, a unit of this armored vehicle was stranded in a crater in the ground and, therefore, became an easy target. After being located from the sky, shots from a small Ukrainian drone destroyed the vehicle.

The most striking thing is the way in which Ukraine has reported the destruction of this vehicle: “Oh, you’re stuck in a crater. Can I help you?” writes the Ukrainian force in its X profile in which it uploads a video showing how the BTR-82 is destroyed.

This Russian armored vehicle features a 30mm 2A72 cannon (a lighter and less complex version of the 2A42) in the same BPPU turret with a TKN-4GA-02 night sight. The BTR-82A prototype was first shown in November 2009 and was adopted by the Russian Ministry of Defense in early 2013, according to the Wikitanks website.

According to this publication, there is photographic evidence that during the Ukrainian War, as of February 2024, the Russian Armed Forces had at least 631 BTR-82A casualties.

452 of the documented casualties were lost to destruction, 20 to abandonment and 130 to enemy capture, in addition to 29 who were damaged. In addition, another 51 vehicles of this type were lost that were so destroyed or were seen in such a way that it could not be identified whether they were BTR-80 or BTR-82A.

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