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Explosion intensity in Ukraine's Ichnia decreased, - Defence Ministry

70% of the administrative territory is demined
11:41, 11 October 2018

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As of October 11, 70% of the administrative territory near the 6th armoury of the Defence Ministry in Chernihiv region is cleared, as Olexiy Chornobay, the Spokesperson of the Ministry said on air of 112 Ukraine.

“Ten demining groups were working on the territory of the ammunition depot. They have cleared 70% of the administrative territory. Today, five more groups will be involved. The clearing of the administrative territory is planned to be finished today,” he noted.

Related: 10 demining groups work in Ichnia due to fire at ammunition depot

The Defence Ministry also informs that the intensity of explosions was growing on two platforms due to the night changes in temperature.

“Airborne prospecting is working in the ammunition depot since today’s morning. It determines the glow nests. The aviation of Ukraine’s State Emergency Service extinguishes them with water. Nine fire units and three clearing engineering vehicles are working on the technical territory,” the representatives of the Ministry specify.

Earlier today, it was reported that fire on the 6th ammunition depot of the Defence Ministry in Ichnia, Chernihiv region, was completely eliminated.

Related: 112 Ukraine did not distort information on Ichnia explosion, - ex-Head of Armed Forces press office

video of the fire in Ichnia was earlier posted on the Internet. 

As it was reported earlier, people, who suffered from explosions in Ichnia ammunition depot, are sleeping rough in sports halls in Parafiivka schools. Volunteers are collecting assistance for the victims.

Reportedly, an explosion in the sixth armoury 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 on the ammunition depot in Ichnia. 

Related: Head of ammunition depot Ichnia dismissed, - Ukraine's Prosecutor General

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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