Kharkiv's Malyshev factory produced only one tank for Ukrainian military since 2009

In Soviet times, 900 tanks were manufactured at this factory annually
16:10, 6 November 2019

Malyshev factory, a state-owned manufacturer of heavy equipment in Kharkiv, has produced only one tank for the Ukrainian army since 2009. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated this during his working meeting in Kharkiv on the issues of work Ukroboronprom State Defense Concern.

“I'm shocked. The director said that only one tank has been built at the plant since 2009. In Soviet times, production capacity was 900 per year. What is happening with our company?” Zelensky said.

The president added that the factory has salary arrears too.

“I would like us to close all debts as soon as possible.  The Prime Minister needs to bring together the entire government, all the law enforcement agencies.  Why can we do something for Thailand, but we cannot do it for ourselves.  We have great engineers, but they do nothing,” Volodymyr Zelensky noted.

In addition, in winter, factory workers are forced to work at zero temperature.

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“We treat workers very badly, and then they complain that they do not like power, they are leaving Ukraine.  We need to hold a meeting, set a date as quickly as possible before winter comes.  People should not work in such conditions,” Zelensky stated.

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