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Poroshenko orders to involve NATO into demining activities in Balakliya
08:45, 24 March 2017
Poroshenko orders to involve NATO into demining activities in Balakliya

This order was issued for Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Ministry of Defense and the State Emergency Service

08:45, 24 March 2017

 

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The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko ordered the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Ministry of Defense and the State Emergency Service have to immediately involve assistance from NATO for humanitarian demining in Balakliya. Poroshenko issued the order, according to his Twitter account.

"I gave an order to the Foreign Ministry, Ministry of Defense and the State Emergency Service of Ukraine to involve NATO's support for humanitarian assistance in demining in Balakliya," Poroshenko wrote.

As we reported earlier, the fire on the military arsenal in the city of Balakliya started at about 3 a.m. early on Thursday. The ammunition began detonating very quickly. The rescue workers sat that the blasts are happening on the technical territory of the arsenal, but the one off sprays are happening as well. 

Related: Localization of fire and blasts in Balakliya can take 2-3 days or more

The biggest arsenal in the country is situated in Balakliya, it is called the 65th arsenal. Its passport capacity is 150 thousand tons, however mass media have repeatedly stated that the arsenal is overpacked.

Almost 20 000 people are evacuated from Balakliya due to the blasts on ammunition depot at Kharkiv region. Kharkiv regional police started working clock round after explosion in Balakliya.

Schools and kindergartens are temporarily closed.

Related: Blasts and fire in Balakliya: state of things as for now - updated

The air traffic is temporarily closed within a radius of 40 km. 

The State Border Guard Service has tightened security measured on the Eastern section of the state border.

Related: Donbas conflict: 43 shelling reported in ATO area over the day

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