SHOCKING video captures the moment a Russian tank is reportedly blown up, sending its turret hurtling 250ft into the air following a Ukrainian missile strike.
The captured dashcam footage, reportedly filmed in eastern Ukraine, shows Putin's war machine exploding in an enormous fireball as it drives along a road.
In the clip filmed from a car driving behind the tank, a huge blast erupts shortly up the road, and what appears to be a tank turret goes flying into the sky.
A number of figures, possibly Russian soldiers, are seen desperately scrambling for cover.
It was filmed by the Chinese state media channel Phoenix TV, which shared a clip of its journalist's close encounter with the inferno on its YouTube channel.
The video was taken while the Chinese team were on their way to the Azovstal steel plant in the besieged city of Mariupol, where they were covering the evacuation of civilians.
t was reportedly taken last week, although not much else is known about the type of tank and casualty numbers or the type of weapon which destroyed it.
Explaining the context behind the incredible video, the channel said: "Phoenix reporter Lu Yuguang escaped death during the interview in eastern Ukraine," adding that the driver needed "emergency deceleration to avoid danger".
It went on: "Phoenix Satellite TV dispatched a front-line interview team from eastern Ukraine to go to the Mariupol Azov Steel Plant on May 6 to track and report the evacuation of civilians by the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Russian military organisation."
The report said that while "on the way to the interview," suddenly a Russian tank driving in front of them blew up in "a huge explosion".
Dramatic moment Russian tank blows up hurling turret 250ft into the air after Ukrainian missile strike
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