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Ukrainian artillery blows up tanks near Kiev during the invasion of Russia

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  • Ukraine’s Defense Ministry released video of artillery strikes on Russian vehicles outside Kiev.
  • Aerial images, dated March 8, show at least eight strikes outside the town of Borodyanka.
  • Borodyanka is about 45 miles from the center of Kiev and has been the scene of heavy fighting.

Video released Thursday by the Ukrainian military showed precision artillery strikes on what officials said was a line of Russian military vehicles not far from Kiev.

The aerial footage appears to have been recorded remotely by a drone. It shows at least eight strikes on vehicles on a rural road identified by Ukraine’s Defense Ministry as outside the town of Borodyanka.

The video, dated March 8, was posted Thursday on Facebook and Twitter on channels run by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

The sequence ends when a burst of fire on the central vehicle in a line of three – either tanks or self-propelled artillery. Then the other two seem to be removed. Other strikes follow.

Insider used geolocation to identify the likely location of strikes. Satellite imagery showed a distinctly shaped road formation and gas station that matched aerial imagery.

A satellite view of Kyiv and surrounding towns with an arrow marking the location of the strike near Borodyanka.

A satellite view of Kyiv and surrounding towns with an arrow marking the location of the strike near Borodyanka.

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A side-by-side of the Borodyanka strike location as it appears in the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense video (left) and Google Maps (right)

A side-by-side of the Borodyanka strike location as it appears in the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense video (left) and its likely location on Google Maps (right)

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Lt. Gen. Valerii Zaluzhnyi, commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian army, described the operation as “delicate”, according to the Ministry of Defense.

It’s a distinction Ukrainian forces may want to point out in the face of seemingly indiscriminate shelling by Russian forces that hit residential buildings, schools and hospitals.

This includes Borodyanka, which is about 45 miles from central Kiev and has been the scene of some of the fiercest fighting around the capital.

The town of around 13,000 was shelled during the Russian advance. On March 3, drone footage emerged of the city’s devastation, showing the still-smoldering shells of apartment buildings.

Local media reported that one of the places affected was a rehabilitation center for veterans, according to the Kyiv Independent.

A screenshot from a video released by the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, showing a road outside Borodyanka with a burst of fire where Russian vehicles were allegedly targeted

A screenshot from video released by Ukraine’s Defense Ministry, which says it shows precision strikes on Russian military vehicles outside Borodyanka, March 8, 2022.

Ukrainian Ministry of Defense


A Pentagon assessment of Russian advances on Kiev from March 8 indicated that there remained a significant column of Russians in the area.

“Near Kyiv, we still observe that Russian forces have not moved closer to downtown,” a DOD official said. “The closest they could get is the airport.”

In briefings on March 8-9, a Pentagon official said about 90-95% of Russian combat power remained intact, despite fierce Ukrainian resistance and extensive video and photographic evidence of the armor. Russian destroyed.