The Defense Ministry prosecuted more than 10 people due to the fire at the armament depot in Kalynivka, Vinnytsia region that took place in September 2017. Stepan Poltorak, the Defense Minister of Ukraine claimed this as BBC News Ukraine reported.
‘The prosecutor’s office should say this (who exactly is guilty in the Kalynivka fire – 112 International), there is no court decision yet. According to the investigation of the Defense Ministry, more than 10 people were prosecuted’, Poltorak claimed.
Totally, more than 40 people were brought to justice due to fires and explosions at the armament depots.
‘More than 40 40 people were brought to justice in all cases, including senior and superior officers: generals, colonels. Some generals were dismissed’, Poltorak claimed.
According to him, the inspection group of the Military Judicial Service was sent at the site after each incident and it investigated the preconditions of the incidents.
‘After Kalynivka incidents, all storages, bases and depots were transferred to the strengthened security. Also, the work of building of the armament depots was held’, Poltorak added.
Also, he said that about $19 million is provided to support the bases in 2018.
As it was reported earlier, fire at the ammunition storages in Kalynivka of Vinnytsia region began at 22:00 on September 26. Two women suffered in the result of the incident and were hospitalized. Almost 30 000 local citizens were evacuated from the dangerous area. They explosions ceased in the morning of September 28 and the rescuers finished clearing the territory from the explosives near the depot in the afternoon. The local citizens began to return in the evening of September 28.
The Chief Military Prosecutor’s Office of the Central region of Ukraine opened the criminal proceeding due to sabotage. The investigators enquire four versions of the fire in Kalynivka. The President of Ukraine decided to convene a military cabinet because of the fire at military depots in Kalynivka. Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman claimed that the de-mining of the territories near the armament depot in Kalynivka region (Vinnytsia region) can last until the end of November.
According to the State Emergency Service, the explosions ceased at the arsenal only on October 3.