Fire in Balakliya was fully extinguished, the consequences are being eliminated now. This was reported by Deputy Head of Defense Minister during the briefing of the HQ on managing the consequences of explosions in Balakliya, broadcast by 112 Ukraine TV Channel.
"The fire is fully extinguished in the arsenal, consequences are being eliminated now. Speaking about damages, we have just tackled the blaze this morning, I noted that we are making our way to storage facilities in order to conduct normal inventory, count, estimate the figures we have today due to this disaster," he reported.
As 112 International reported earlier, the fire on the military arsenal in the city of Balakliya started at about 3 a.m. early on Thursday. The ammunition began detonating very quickly. The rescue workers sat that the blasts are happening on the technical territory of the arsenal, but the one off sprays are happening as well.
The biggest arsenal in the country is situated in Balakliya, it is called the 65th arsenal. Its passport capacity is 150 thousand tons, however mass media have repeatedly stated that the arsenal is overpacked.
Almost 20 000 people are evacuated from Balakliya due to the blasts on ammunition depot at Kharkiv region. Kharkiv regional police started working clock round after explosion in Balakliya.
Schools and kindergartens are temporarily closed.
The air traffic is temporarily closed within a radius of 40 km.
The State Border Guard Service has tightened security measured on the Eastern section of the state border.