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Explosions at Svatove ammo depot: Indictment against two Ukrainian commanders filed to court

Source : 112 Ukraine

In case of proof of guilt, the commanders of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are threatened with imprisonment for up to seven years
14:23, 8 November 2021

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Officials of the State Investigation Bureau (SIB) have filed indictments against two commanders of rocket artillery batteries of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. They are accused of involvement in the explosions at a military depot in Svatove in October 2015 as the SIB reported.

“The indictments against two commanders of rocket artillery batteries of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have been sent to the court. These military persons are accused of negligence in military service in terms of the special period,” the message says.

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According to the SIB, in September 2015, these commanders placed military hardware near a potentially dangerous facility - a field ammunition depot, which is located not far from Svatove.

On October 29, 2015, a fire broke out in a military warehouse due to sabotage. It caused a detonation of ammunition scattered and caught in the specified military hardware. This led to the destruction of military property, including the BM-27 Uragan and transport-loading vehicles for them, for 18 million of hryvnias ($690,395.22).

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It was noted that in case of proof of guilt, the commanders of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are threatened with imprisonment for up to seven years.

We remind that a fire at military warehouses in Svatove, Luhansk region, started in the evening of October 29, 2015. In total, there were about 3.500 tons of ammunition in the warehouses. The fire was extinguished only on November 5. As a result of the incident, 1,705 apartments and houses were damaged, as well as 16 people. Four more local residents were killed. At that time, several versions of the reasons for the warehouse fire were voiced. One of them is the negligence of officials; the second is a terrorist attack.

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In May 2021, the SIB completed a pre-trial investigation against two servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

 

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