Ukrainian Forces successfully engaged a Russian armored vehicle with an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), as it passed through the Russian-backed separatists zone of control and into Ukrainian territory. The engagement occurred in-between the towns of Shchastya and Vesela Hora, Luhans’ka oblast, Ukraine on 11 April 2016.

The approximate location of the skirmish. The red signifies the area of Ukraine under the control of Russian-backed separatist. Image courtesy of Liveuamap.

The encounter was anticipated, thanks to an OPSEC-SNAFU, turned public announcement that was leaked onto Facebook by Russian-backed separatist from the soi-disant Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR/LPR). The message stated that the LPR was preparing to transfer troops across the Donets river near the village of Shchastya. Ukrainian forces simply had to watch and wait.  

The lone vehicle is reported to have been part of a reconnaissance element.