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65 people brought to justice due to fires at Ukraine's artillery depots

In particular, according to the Head of the General Staff, the Deputy Head of the General was fired
21:28, 17 October 2018

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65 people were brought to justice, because of the explosions at the artillery depots in Ukraine, in particular, the Deputy Head of the General Staff. Stepan Poltorak, Minister of Defense claimed this after the closed session of the Ukrainian Parliament Committee for National Security and Defense devoted to the protection of the armories, bases and the depots of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The session was broadcasted by 112 Ukraine.

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’I brought 65 people to justice for the happened events. One of them is the Deputy Head of the General Staff who was dismissed from the service for incompatibility with the position he takes. Five generals received penalties of various types, starting from the incompatibility of the taken position to other things. The other officers have also been fined,’ Poltorak said.

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He stressed, according to the results of the investigation, it was possible to investigate only the premises that could have contributed to the explosions on the bases and arsenals but it was unreal to precisely determine the method used for the detonation one or another arsenal.

‘Unfortunately, the investigation is no completed, and a decision of the court is not provided,’ the Minister of Defense added.

Related: Indictments on explosion at Ukraine's Ichnia ammo depot not served, - Prosecutor General

Reportedly, an explosion at 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.    

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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: Shells completely removed from settlements near Ichnia depot

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