Perhaps they should have held on to them: Hundreds of rusting tanks abandoned in secret Ukrainian depot unveiled as Russia’s armoured vehicles line its streets

  • There are more than 400 abandoned tanks at the plant in a secret, heavily guarded depot in the town of Kharkov
  • The depot is in the Slobozhanshchyna region of eastern Ukraine – just 20 miles from the border with Russia

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

PUBLISHED: 14:37 GMT, 3 March 2014 | UPDATED: 15:29 GMT, 3 March 2014

These incredible photographs show a huge tank graveyard in the Ukraine – home to hundreds of the abandoned vehicles which the country may desperately need it tensions with Russia continue to escalate.

Filled with rows upon rows of slowly rusting relics, the once deadly war machines now lie dormant in a secret depot in the town of Kharkov in the Slobozhanshchyna region of eastern Ukraine – just 20 miles from the border with Russia.

After hearing about the strange Soviet-era tank cemetery from a friend, photographer Patvel Itkin, 18, spent months trying find its whereabouts.

Despite the disused area being heavily monitored by guards, Mr Itkin managed to sneak in and spend several hours taking dozens of photographs.

Once a thriving tank repair plant, the depot has since become redundant, meaning all the vehicles are now abandoned.

Forgotten: Filled with rows upon rows of slowly rusting relics, the once deadly war machines now lie dormant in a secret depot in the town of Kharkov in the Slobozhanshchyna region of eastern Ukraine - just 20 miles from the border with Russia

Forgotten: Filled with rows upon rows of slowly rusting relics, the once deadly war machines now lie dormant in a secret depot in the town of Kharkov in the Slobozhanshchyna region of eastern Ukraine – just 20 miles from the border with Russia.

After hearing about the strange Soviet-era cemetery from a friend, photographer Patvel Itkin, 18, spent months trying find its whereabouts

After hearing about the strange Soviet-era cemetery from a friend, photographer Patvel Itkin, 18, spent months trying find its whereabouts.

Abandoned: Despite the disused area being monitored by guards, Mr Itkin managed to sneak in and take several photographs of the neglected storage centre. Here dozens of old tank engines and other bits of machinery sit rotting on the factory floor

Abandoned: Despite the disused area being monitored by guards, Mr Itkin managed to sneak in and take several photographs of the neglected storage centre. Here dozens of old tank engines and other bits of machinery sit rotting on the factory floor.

Desolate: Once a thriving tank repair plant, the depot has since become redundant, meaning the once-deadly vehicles are now abandoned

Desolate: Once a thriving tank repair plant, the depot has since become redundant, meaning the once-deadly vehicles are now abandoned.

Photographer Pavel Itkin said: 'It took me many months to track down this place, I had heard about it from a friend and decided it would be a great place to take pictures'

Photographer Pavel Itkin said: ‘It took me many months to track down this place, I had heard about it from a friend and decided it would be a great place to take pictures’.

A watch tower looking over the tank graveyard

A rusted tank in the tank graveyard

Luck: The area around the plant is heavily guarded but Mr Itkin says he didn’t see anyone around when he got there. He says he thinks he was ‘just lucky’ not to be seen.

Forgotten guns: Pavel Itkin says once he got inside the plant he was able to walk around undisturbed for about two hours. He described the plant as 'stunning'

Forgotten guns: Pavel Itkin says once he got inside the plant he was able to walk around undisturbed for about two hours. He described the plant as ‘stunning’.

Pavel Itkin said: 'Just imagine over 400 tanks in one place, row after row of them.' The 18-year-old described him as 'amazed' by the scale of the depot

Pavel Itkin said: ‘Just imagine over 400 tanks in one place, row after row of them.’ The 18-year-old described him as ‘amazed’ by the scale of the depot.

During its prime the plant repaired more than 60 tanks and more than 55 engines per month, but now they just sit there unused

During its prime the plant repaired more than 60 tanks and more than 55 engines per month, but now they just sit there unused

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2572149/Stunning-images-huge-abandoned-tank-graveyard-Ukraine-machines-come-retirement-tensions-Russia-continue-escalate.html#ixzz2uutq6biz

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