Today's morning an explosion thundered a nine-story apartment building in the Darnytsky district of Kyiv. As a result, inter-floor ceilings of 4, 5, 6, 7 floors of the building were destroyed, the State Emergency Situations Ministry reports. According to rescuers, the reason was an air-gas mixture that exploded.
The incident took the lives of two people. In total, 21 people were evacuated from the house. The evacuation of residents continues.
According to Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, two versions of what happened are considered - a gas explosion or an explosive device.
The traffic in the area of the accident is completely blocked.
According to head of the National Police Igor Klymenko, the explosion allegedly occurred on the sixth floor of the building. He added that the issue of resettlement of residents of the high-rise is now being decided. Most likely, the whole building will be resettled.
At the same time, the mayor Vitali Klitschko said that the house will have to be completely disassembled. In turn, the city authorities will provide victims with temporary housing.
More than 400 people and three groups of dog handlers work at the scene of the explosion in the capital's Poznyaky area.
"In total, 457 people and 67 pieces of equipment were involved in the work, of which 160 people and 28 pieces of equipment from the State Emergencies Ministry, including 3 dog handlers teams," the statement said.
About 60 tons of building structures were removed from the scene.
The prosecutor's office of Kyiv opened a criminal proceeding under Part 2. Article. 270 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (violation of safety rules when using gas).
Also, residents of the house note that the smell of gas was heard on Tuesday. Then they called the emergency service, which diagnosed the problems and supposedly fixed them.
The national police came with searches to the gas distribution company and to all bodies that served the house.
According to UNIAN, rescuers do not exclude further collapse of the house.