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Fire at Ukraine's Ichnia ammo stocks: More than 90 people in hospital

Four local settlements do not receive gas supplies
08:31, 15 October 2018

Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

91 people were evacuated to hospitals due to explosions at Ichnia depot in Chernihiv region, reports the press office of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine 

‘91 people including one child remain in two medical facilities in Pryluky city and in an urban-type settlement Paraftivka,’ reads the message.  

Related: Shells completely removed from settlements near Ichnia depot

625 people and 136 units of equipment of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, the National Police, the National Guard, Security Service, and public services were involved for rescuing and other urgencies. 

‘3015 residents in four settlements (IchniaHmyryankaHuzhivkaMaksymivka) remain disconnected from the gas supply,’ reads the message.

Related: Ammunition again detonate at Ichnia depot - three explosions reported

In order to maintain a public order in the settlements included in the 16-kilometer affected area, the law enforcement bodies attracted 15 joint units of the National Police and the National Guard for patrolling. 

Reportedly, an explosion in the sixth armory occurred in Ichnia. 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 at the ammunition depot in Ichnia.    

Related: Explosion of ammunition at Ichnia depot ceased, - photo

Since October 10, ten demining groups have been working on the territory of the armory. 70% of the administrative territory was cleared. On October 11, the fire was completely eliminated.     

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).

Related: Explosions at Ichnia depot intensified due to wind increase, - Defense Ministry

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