The General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces assumes that the reason for the yesterday’s explosions at Balakliya ammo depot in Kharkiv region is the engine’s ignition of Kub, mobile surface-to-air missile. The General Staff press service reported it.
"Perhaps, when loading the remnants of ammunition and their elements prepared for the further destruction (disposal), the solid-fuel engine for Kub mobile surface-to-air missile ignited, and other objects, prepared for further destruction, exploded as well," the message reads.
November 15, two military sappers died, five more military personnel of the Armed Forces were injured on the territory of the Balakliya central artillery base, Kharkiv region.
As we reported, a series of powerful blasts took place at an ammunition storage facility in Kharkiv region on late March 23, 2017. The incident occurred near the town of Balakliya. Many of the locals were evacuated from the town and its vicinities. The fire caused by the blasts was finally extinguished the day after that, by the evening of March 24. Numerous casualties and even a fatality were reported.
May 3, 2018, the fire occurred in the Balakliya armament depot. According to the Defense Ministry, the fire tank ran over some explosive device during the execution of the technical works.