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Explosions at ammo stocks in Ichnia less intense, clearance works continue

The crews and fire emergency vehicles have been cleaning the warehouse's premises from explosives; the evacuated locals are advised to abstain from returning to Ichnia so far
10:28, 12 October 2018

Ukraine's Defense Ministry

Blasts are still heard at the Defense Ministry's military warehouse in Ichnia, Chernihiv region, northern Ukraine; however, the overall intensity of the explosions decreased. Ukraine's Defense Ministry reported this on Thursday morning.

'The intensity of explosions overnight has significantly decreased compared with that of the last night', reads the message.

27 fire vehicles are now working on the arsenal's premises, including nine fire emergency tanks. The State Emergency Service's aircraft is present in the area as well, extinguishing the remaining flames.

For the time being, the evacuated locals are advised to abstain from returning to Ichnia.

Reportedly, an explosion in the sixth armoury occurred in Ichnia, Chernihiv region. The air-space within 30 km is shut down, traffic and railway movement are stopped due to the emergency situation.  The Military Prosecutor’s Office of the Central Region opened a criminal proceeding on the case of explosions on the ammunition depot in Ichnia. 

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Over the past four years, it's been the fifth accident with the ammunition stocks in Ukraine exploding; the incidents took place in Balakliya (Kharkiv region), Svatove (Luhansk region), and Kalynivka (Vinnytsia region).

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