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Ammunition depot in Kalynivka was loaded for 57%
17:12, 27 September 2017
Ammunition depot in Kalynivka was loaded for 57%

The underground storages and cover positions remained intact

17:12, 27 September 2017

AFP

The load of the armament depot in Kalynivka (Vinnytsia region) where the fire occurred on September 26 was 57%. Secretary of Minister of Defense of Ukraine Yury Biryukov reported at Facebook.

All reports on the reload of the depot do not correspond to the reality.

'The underground storages and cover positions remained intact. Some part of the open areas are also intact', he noted.

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According to Biryukov, the aircrafts of the rescuers work at the place of the fire and they discharge water.

As it was reported earlier, fire at the ammunition storages in Kalynivka of Vinnytsia region began at 22:00 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.

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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.

The official reason of the fire is still not announced but the General Staff of the Armed Forces of kraine does not exclude the version of sabotage. The Military Prosecutor's Office started the investigation of the explosions in Kalynivka as the sabotage.

Related: Defense Ministry denies congestion of Kalynivka arsenal

The air space in the radius of 50 kilometers from the zone of the fire is closed according to the decision of the 'Ukraerocenter'. Also, the movement by the railway road Sosenka-Kalinovla and the movement to Zhmerynka are closed. It was reported on the closure of the movement at the road Vinnytsta-Kyiv and Zhytomyr-Mogylev-Podilsky.

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28.3 thousands people were evacuated from the zone of fire and it is reported on two wounded women but their injuries are not critical.

Later, the General Staff reported that the intensity of blasts dropped down and the mine pickers started the process of the de-mining.

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