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Russian military strike levels part of Ukrainian tank factory outside Zhytomyr

Destroyed buildings seen in video footage. (from telegram)

A video posted on social media on Saturday shows that parts of a Ukrainian tank factory outside Zhytomyr – some 140 kilometers (about 85 miles) west of Kiev – were flattened after Russian military strikes on the complex.

The video, geotagged and verified by CNN for authenticity, first surfaced on pro-Russian Telegram channels, which use it to support claims that Russia is “demilitarizing” Ukraine.

As Russia carried out military strikes on Ukrainian military positions during the invasion, CNN identified a number of civilian compounds, apartment buildings, schools and markets across Ukraine that were affected by the Russian army.

Zhytomyr has been the scene of intense shelling in recent days.

What the video shows: In the clip, Ukrainian soldiers survey the damage to the factory and one appears to relate how he and others survived. Many buildings that once made up the Zhytomyr Armored Factory complex were razed to the ground.

“Well, that’s what happened to us last night,” a soldier is heard saying as they walk through the bombed compound.

His comments suggest that the Ukrainian soldiers had taken refuge at the factory during the night.

“I want to show you something,” he said, walking down one of the compound’s roads. “Do you see how much the Russians love us?”

As he continues to walk, we see more and more broken windows. Next, a destroyed building appears.

“To tell you the truth, we were very scared today,” the soldier said.

Reduced to rubble: The buildings that once stood in the eastern part of the complex are now piles of mangled metal and concrete. The soldier continues walking, noting that he is passing unassembled tank parts.

Then the sound of a jet can be heard. It gets louder and then fades as he approaches where he thinks the massive explosion that tore the complex apart occurred.

“That’s where it hit,” he says. “We were standing here.”

A bit of context: The plant is part of the state-run Ukroboronprom defense conglomerate and has been involved in the manufacture, refurbishment and modernization of armored vehicles, including tracked infantry vehicles and armored transport vehicles of troops. According to Ukroboronprom, the plant also assembled other machines for civilian purposes such as forestry.