No tanks were found on the territory of the Kyiv-based Darnytskyi Car Repair Plant, either unscathed or damaged.
At 6 a.m. on June 5, 2022, four Russian missiles hit the territory of the Darnytskyi Ukrzaliznytsia car repair plant in the city of Kyiv. The Russian Defense Ministry immediately claimed to have fired missiles at the Darnytskyi car repair plant, as T-72 tanks were reportedly stationed there. Therefore, Ukrzaliznytsia JSC offered journalists to inspect the factory, reports a correspondent of Ukrinform.
“Three missiles destroyed three auxiliary workshops: forge, toolmaker and carpenter. A missile fell on the road between the stores. No fatalities were reported. A security guard was injured by cuts. He had three stitches and is home now. In general, 668 employees work at the plant. There could have been many casualties if the missile strikes had been launched during working hours,” said Yevhen Shramko, board member of Ukrzaliznytsia JSC.
In its own words, the Darnytskyi Car Repair Plant is located in a densely populated area of Kyiv. An air-raid shelter used by civilians from nearby houses is located nearby. Thus, hundreds of residents of Kyiv were in danger.
Meanwhile, the Russians hastily announced that military equipment, namely T-72 tanks allegedly supplied by European partners, had been stationed at the factory.
“The plant has been in operation since 1936, repairing rolling stock used to transport goods and manufacturing grain hoppers. Therefore, the factory only works with civilian goods and has never been involved in military production,” Shramko stressed.
Journalists were allowed to inspect not only the destroyed stores, but the entire territory of the factory. We could see for ourselves that neither tanks nor other military equipment were kept there and there was no trace of anything like that.
“The forge, tool and woodworking workshops were completely destroyed. When the missiles hit, they burst into flames and firefighting work lasted most of the day. If we had tanks, we wouldn’t have had time to deal with them while putting out the fire,” Shramko noted.
Shramko speculated that Russia’s missile strikes on the Darnytskyi car repair plant were aimed at further damaging Ukrainian railway infrastructure or disrupting the manufacture of grain hoppers to prevent Ukrainian grain exports abroad .