The explosions took place near the Balakliya ammunition depot, Kharkiv region as Depo.Kharkov reported citing Balakliya Mayor Ivan Stolbovy.
“The single explosions occurred at Balakliya ammunition depot. The commander of the military unit, fire department and Emergency Service stay at the site. They will estimate the situation and then more detailed information will be provided. The situation is incomprehensible. It took place a half of an hour ago,” Stolbovy said.
At the same time, Head of Communication Department of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Bohdan Senyk stated that the planned works of the deminers on the clearance of the territory take place as Hromadske reported.
“About 2:30 p.m., at the 65th arsenal of Balakliya, about 20 explosions were spotted…The planned works of the deminers on the clearance of the territory take place,” he said.
As we reported, a series of powerful blasts took place at an ammunition storage facility in Kharkiv region on late March 23, 2017. The incident occurred near the town of Balakliya. Many of the locals were evacuated from the town and its vicinities. The fire caused by the blasts was finally extinguished the day after that, by the evening of March 24. Numerous casualties and even a fatality were reported.
On May 3, 2018, the fire occurred in the Balakliya armament depot. According to the Defense Ministry, the fire tank ran over some explosive device during the execution of the technical works.
According to the press service of the General Staff of Ukraine, the dry grass caught fire at the former technical territory of the 65th arsenal in Balakliya. The works on the cleaning and demining of the armaments' debris that did not explode during the previous fire took place and the new fire has begun.