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10 demining groups work in Ichnia due to fire at ammunition depot

The aviation of the Emergency Service conducted 18 releases of water to extinguish the flames
20:36, 10 October 2018

Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

The single explosions observed at the ammunition depot in Chernihiv region, 10 demining groups work in Ichnia. Oleksy Chernobai, the Head of Communications and Press Department of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine reported this as the service reported.

“The slight haze pollution and the single explosions are observed. At the territory of the sixth armoury, 10 demining groups are currently working, they search and clear the territory from the explosives,” the message said.

Related: Emergency Service to clear territory in Ukraine's Ichnia from ammunition till December 15

It is noted that the military hardware of the Armed Forces of Ukraine works at the site to localize the embers. Particularly, three Clearing Vehicle BMR, 9 fire tanks GPM-54, and 15 fire cars of the detachments are involved in the liquidation of the fire. Two plains AN-32P of the Emergency Service conducted 18 releases of water.

112 Ukraine correspondent reported that the explosions can be heard quite close to Avgustivka village. Also, it is noted that it is dangerous to return to the settlements close to the depots.

“The officials of the Emergency Service and Police claim that it is dangerous to return here. The depots are situated behind the tree line, however, people begin to return. Many people come back to Ichnia and other settlements. We communicated with the locals, they said they were tired of being evacuated. They say: if there are no explosions, there is nothing to worry about then,” he commented.

Related: Second day after explosions in Ichnia: Current situation

Reportedly, an explosion on the sixth armoury occurred in Ichnia, Chernihiv region, on October 9.

The air-space within 30 km is shut down, traffic and railway movement are stopped due to the emergency situation. 

Ukraine’s Defence Ministry reports that as of 7 am, October 9, the intensity of the explosions was 2-3 explosions per second.

Related: Evacuees from Ukraine's Ichnia sleeping rough in sport halls

Reportedly, the Military Prosecutor’s Office of the Central Region opened a criminal proceeding on the case of explosions on the ammunition depot in Ichnia. 

Later the State Emergency Service reported that over 12,000 people were evacuated from Ichnia and the adjacent localities within the radius of 16 kilometres. Blasts of various degree of intensity are still heard there. 

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