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Explosions at Ichnia depot intensified due to wind increase, - Defense Ministry

The wind bloats new embers of the grass and trees at the technical territory
19:55, 12 October 2018

Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

The intensity of the explosions increased at the territory of the sixth armory in Ichnia due to the strengthening of the wind as the Defense Ministry reported.

“Due to the strengthening of the wind, the new embers of the grass and trees at the technical territory appear. It led to the increasing of the intensity of the explosions of the munitions scattered at the territory of the depot,” the message said.

Related: People return home, police conduct monitoring in Ukraine's Ichnia

The fire tanks, clearing Vehicle BMR and fire engines still work at the site. The aviation of the Emergency Service carried out 14 releases of the water at the embers.

15 demining groups clearing the administrative territory of the depot. 21 pyrotechnic teams continue to work at the settlements close to the ammo to clear the area, roads and access roads from the remnants of the explosive items.

Related: Sabotage occurred in ammo depot in Ichnia, according to investigation, - Poroshenko

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

Related: Fire in Ukraine's Ichnia completely eliminated

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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