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Ukraine's Security Service considers three possible causes of Ichnia explosions

The reason could be the act of sabotage, violation of fire safety rules or ammunition storage, or the deliberate arson, - State Security Service
20:32, 9 October 2018

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Ukraine's State Security Service (SBU) considers three possible lines of inquiry in the case of explosions in Ichnia, Chernihiv region, northern Ukraine. The law enforcement agency told this to President Petro Poroshenko during the official debriefing on October 9.  

'The most likely possible cause is a sabotage act with the infiltration of a sabotage group onto the stocks premises; the second line is the breach of fire safety or ammunition storage regulations, and the third is a deliberate arson performed in order to conceal the lack of ammunition,' the message says as posted on the website of the Presidential Administration.    

The SBU previously considered only one line of inquiry, the act of sabotage. The investigation team did not rule out the possibility of a terrorist act.

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As we reported, a fire and the consequent explosions occurred at the ammunition stock in the town of Ichnia, Chernihiv region. The press office of the Armed Forces reported that on Tuesday morning. The explosions began at about 3.30 a.m. All the relevant services and local authorities reacted immediately. Over 10,000 civilians were evacuated from the adjusted towns and villages.

State Emergency Service crews arrived on the scene to cope with the consequences of the disaster. The necessary restrictive measures are taking place throughout Chernihiv region and along the border. 

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