6 explosions reported at the ammunition storages in Kalynivka of Vinnytsia region. No casualties reported, Hromadske reports citing the press service of Ukraine's Defence.
"The smoke blanketed the territory of the technical arsenal, there were no casualties reported, all services are working at the scene at the moment," Oleksandr Motuzyanyk, representative of the Ministry of Defense, said.
The incident occurred at around 11:30, according to the Defense Ministry’s latest information, published later.
"At about 11:30 the arsenal services spotted smoke in the area of the demolition of unexploded ordnance of the technical territory of the storage base near the town of Kalynivka, Vinnytsia region. In the smoke zone, 6 explosions of ammunition, earlier exported to a specific area for further disposal, were spotted," the message says.
An operational group headed by the First Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine arrived at the scene.
As of now, specialists of Ukraine's State Emergency Service, officers of the National Police and the Military Law Enforcement Service in the Armed Forces of Ukraine are working in the arsenal. The efforts in localizing the ignition site are in progress.
According to preliminary information, the smoke occurred because of two hectares of dry grass burning.
There is no threat to military personnel and civilians, as well as no casualties reported. The situation is under control.
As it was reported earlier, fire at the ammunition storages in Kalynivka of Vinnytsia region began at 22:00 on September 26, 2018. Two women suffered in the result of the incident and were hospitalized. Almost 30 000 local citizens were evacuated from the dangerous area. They explosions ceased in the morning of September 28 and the rescuers finished clearing the territory from the explosives near the depot in the afternoon. The local citizens began to return in the evening of September 28.
The Chief Military Prosecutor’s Office of the Central region of Ukraine opened the criminal proceeding due to sabotage. The investigators enquire four versions of the fire in Kalynivka. The President of Ukraine decided to convene a military cabinet because of the fire at military depots in Kalynivka. Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman claimed that the de-mining of the territories near the armament depot in Kalynivka region (Vinnytsia region) can last until the end of November.
According to the State Emergency Service, the explosions ceased at the arsenal only on October 3, 2018.