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Defense Ministry: liquidation of blasts consequences started in Balakliya
11:49, 24 March 2017
Defense Ministry: liquidation of blasts consequences started in Balakliya

The coordination staff meeting was held in the town

11:49, 24 March 2017

Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

The liquidation of the blasts consequences at the ammunition storages started in Balakliya, Kharkiv region. This was reported by the press service of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine.

The coordination staff meeting on liquidation of the consequences of fire at the arsenal was held today. As of now the number of blasts has considerably decreased.

“Aerial and ground reconnaissance were conducted in the morning. Based on the results, we can say that localization is complete and we, the military officers, proceed to the stage of practical elimination of negative consequences,” Deputy Defense Minister Ihor Pavlovsky said.

Related: Poroshenko orders to involve NATO into demining activities in Balakliya

Over a thousand military officers together with State Emergency Service officers and law enforcers are involved in localization of the situation.

“Special equipment will be used in the technical area, including 6 fire tanks and engineering machines. 6 demining groups are working in the vicinity of the military unit territory and mobile teams of military doctors are on duty since yesterday,” the message says.

Balakliya district administration head Stepan Maselsky informed that residents started returning to the city in the morning.

Related: Intensity of blasts went down in Balakliya, fire can be localized, - Ukraine's Defense Ministry

Earlier it was reported that blasts continue for the second day in Balakliya. More than 20 000 people have already been evacuated from the area of possible impact zone.

The activity of the objects of critical infrastructure was suspended. Police officers are patrolling the streets.

It is also informed that according to the Health Ministry a dead woman was found in one of the houses near Balakliya depot.

Related: Localization of fire and blasts in Balakliya can take 2-3 days or more

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