An explosion in the sixth armory, particularly the technical territory, occurred in Ichnia, Chernihiv region at 3.30 am. All the relevant services and local authorities were informed immediately. The evacuation of people was started.
It is important that the area of the 6th armory is around 682,6 hectares, 402 of which – is a technical territory that is burning now.
Later the air-space within 30 km was shut down, traffic and railway movement were stopped due to the emergency situation at the ammunition depot.
Ukraine’s Defence Ministry reported that as of 7 am the intensity of the explosions was 2-3 explosions per second. It was also noted that around 10,000 people are evacuated from Ichnia. In particular, 860 people were taken to Budy.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko ordered the military and security forces to report due to the incident.
Military Prosecutor’s Office of the Central Region claimed about the opening of the criminal proceeding on the case of explosions.
The State Emergency Service of Ukraine specified that armory comprises around 88,000 tons of ammunition.
Later Defense Ministry also claimed that the fire started after four explosions at the ammunition depot.
As at 12:11 pm, 63 people seek medical care because of mild smoke caused by the fire at the sixth armory. The official also added that 8,794 people, who are located within the danger zone, which within a radius of 16 km, have to be evacuated.