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Detonation of ammunition not spotted at Ukraine's Ichnia ammo stocks, - Emergency Service

The clearance of the territory adjacent to the ammunition depot continues
13:30, 22 October 2018

Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

The liquidation of the consequences after fire and explosions of the ammunition at the territory of the ammo stock in Ichnia, Chernihiv region, continues, the detonation of the munitions is not spotted as the press service of the Emergency Service of Ukraine reported.

“As at October 22, at the territory of the depot of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine, the cases of the munitions’ detonation were not spotted. No one was injured or killed as a result of the emergency,” the message said.

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The clearance of the territory adjacent to the ammunition depot continues. 545 members of the personnel and 124 units of the equipment, including 248 workers and 72 units of the Emergency Service involved in the works in the region of the emergency. The coordination of the attracted forces and means, provision of the assistance to the population is held by the special departments of the Emergency Service of Ukraine.

Reportedly, an explosion at the sixth armory occurred in Ichnia on October 9. The air-space within 30 km was 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 armoury. 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).

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