Russian Military Fights Oil Field Fire With Anti-Tank Artillery Shells

Footage showed the soldiers wearing body armour, helmets, and coronavirus face masks as they operated the MT-12.

The Russian military has used an anti-tank weapon to extinguish a fire at a Siberian oil field.

Military personnel were called to shoot anti-tank artillery shells at the wellhead from a distance of 180m (590ft) to reduce the flames.

The well, which is in the Siberian region of Irkutsk, caught fire on 30 May.

The army was called on Friday, 5 June.

They flew in an MT-12 Rapira anti-tank weapon and used it to fire rounds at the well, according to the Russian Defence Ministry.

The ministry said: "This helped set up the blowout prevention equipment to then seal the well and put out the fire."

The footage shows soldiers wearing full military body armour, helmets, and coronavirus face masks working at night and operating the MT-12 before shooting rounds.

Cover image: Russian Ministry of Defence.