Eight new depots to be opened in Ukraine's Khmelnytsky region until late 2018, - Poroshenko

Source : 112 Ukraine

Totally, 136 depots will be built in Ukraine for 34 months
20:40, 11 October 2018

Presidential Administration press office

Until the end of 2018, eight ammunition depots of the new type according to the NATO standards will be opened in Tsvitokha village, Khmelnytsky region. Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine claimed this as 112 Ukraine reported.

"Until the end of the year, eight depots of such type will be constructed at the territory of this armory," Poroshenko claimed.

Totally, 136 depots will be built in Ukraine for 34 months.

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Poroshenko added that the reconstruction of the depot in Tsvitokha takes place according to the NATO standards. 37 ferroconcrete depots, 70 km of the electricity grid, 20 km of the water pipes, 15 km of the roads with the hard coating will be made.

"We should have the efficient defensive system from the human factor. This defense should provide the check of the securities as well as the inductive systems and the video surveillance with the saving of the data in the underground command post and impossibility of access to any persons even if they work there but did not authorize it properly. Also, there should be a connection with Kyiv. It is my absolute demand to provide the persistence of the depots. The potential possibilities of our Armed Forces depend on this and the efficient use of every cent of the taxpayers' funds," Poroshenko claimed.

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The president ordered to implement the systems of the electronic defense for the minimization of the human factors at all depots as soon as possible.

"I order to implement the systems of the electronic defense and automated defense for the minimization of the human factors at all depots without exclusions as soon as possible. Even at the depots, where we cannot move to the open storage areas; I want to emphasize only two numbers – in 2014, 80% of the ammunition stored at this depot was at the open areas; in 2018, 72% of them stored in the walk-through or closed areas that provide the quality of the storing," Poroshenko claimed.

Related: Fire in Ukraine's Ichnia completely eliminated

Reportedly, an explosion in the sixth armory occurred in Ichnia, Chernihiv region. 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. 

Since October 10, ten demining groups have been working on the territory of the armoury. 70% of the administrative territory was cleared.

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Also, it was reported that single ammunition explosions were still recorded on two platforms in the 6th armory of Defence Ministry in Ichnia.

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).

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