"A column of Russian T72B3 tanks, of the 2012 make are preparing to attack the Ukrainian positions at Debaltseve.
"It is on these tanks that Russia carried out an invasion in August 2014, and several of these combat vehicles were destroyed by the Ukrainian troops, with one tank from the 8th infantry brigade shot down and captured by a group of army engineers under the command of South OPCOM Colonel Kovalskyi . The crew of the 17th armored brigade - junior sergeant Isaiev, driver Martyniuk and Colonel Yevhen Sidorenko - used this tank to provide cover for our troops' exit from Ilovaisk. They shot down three Russian APCs and suppressed a number of firing points saving numerous lives," Butusov noted.
"The second photo from the parade on Red Square in Moscow clearly demonstrates visual differences from the usual Russian T72 tank.
"The third photo shows the T-72B3 captured by our guys at Ilovaisk; it was leading the column breaking out of Mnohopillia," he wrote.
The editor stated that the T-72B3 cannot be mastered by simple Russian mercenaries. It is the newest tank used by constant readiness units of land forces of the Russian Federation. Its main and well noticeable difference is a Sosna commander thermal sight, made in Belarus, as well as equipment of the French company Thales, whose sights use is taught only in the Russian army units.
"I have already written about the evidence of capturing the T72B3. The fact of Russian army's direct involvement in killing Ukrainians and Debaltseve offensive has just received another proof.