691 men and 149 items of equipment are engaged in liquidation activities of the emergency situation on ammunition depots near Kalynivka. The press service of the State Emergency Service reports.
“691 men and 149 items of equipment, including 195 officers of the personnel and 49 items of equipment of the State Emergency Service (including AN-32P jet), 270 officers and 60 items of the equipment from the National Police, 136 officers and 29 items of equipment from the National Guard, 30 officers and 5 items of equipment including 2 fire fighting tanks from the Defence Ministry, 3 fire fighting trains from the Ukrainian Railways are engaged in liquidation activities of the emergency situation on ammunition depots near Kalynivka,” reads the message.
Apart from that 30 medical workers and 10 ambulance vehicles operate in the zone of fire.
Operational mobile group under command of Ruslan Biloshytsky, the acting head of the State Emergency Service, is working on the scene.
As it was reported earlier, fire at the ammunition storages in Kalynivka of Vinnytsia region began around 21:00 on September 26. Ukraine’s Emergency Service cannot yet assess the scale of the incident (as of 23:30), But all the forces of the Emergency Service, including the leadership, have been raised in alarm.
It is known that explosions and fire are at the 48th arsenal - the storage base for ammunition of Armed Forces in Vinnytsia region, a few kilometers from Kalynivka. According to the data available in open sources, 188,000 tons of ammunition is stored in the arsenal. The area of the arsenal is about 60 hectares. Among the ammunition stored in the arsenal there are rockets Smerch, Hurricane and Grad. According to journalist Yury Butusov, the storage standards in the arsenal are exceeded by several times.
Ukraine's Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman arrived at Vinnytsya.
The Prime Minister announced that various versions of the reasons of the fire in Kalynivka are being developed now, however apparently it is the question of external factors.
There were no chemical substances stored in Kalynivka arsenal, explosions are spotted on the tank ammunition sites only, according to Bohdan Senyk, the head of the public affairs division of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
In 2005, on the basis of the 48th arsenal, it was considered to create a regional Western center for the elimination of weapons, but local authorities actively opposed the establishment of such a center and it was never established. However, there were reports that obsolete ammunition from the Khmelnytsky and Lviv regions was being brought to the arsenal.