Government allocates $3,8 million to liquidate fire in Kalynivka

Source : 112 Ukraine

As a result of explosions in the ammunition depot, shells hit 4 residential buildings
11:28, 27 September 2017

The State Emergency Service of Ukraine

To eliminate the fire in Kalynivka of Vinnytsia region, Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers has allocated 3,8 million dollars. This was announced at a briefing by the first deputy head of Vinnytsia Regional State Administration Andriy Hizhko, reports UNIAN.

"All emergency services of the region are working on the site, military men, volunteers also are helping. 100 pyrotechnicians from other regions arrived in the region," Gizhko added.

Also, the State Emergency Service reported that as a result of explosions in the ammunition depot shells hit 4 residential buildings.

As we reported earlier, the fire on the ammunition depots in Kalynivka, Vinnytsia region, central Ukraine, started at about 9 p m. on September 26.

According to the State Emergency Service the scale of the fire was impossible to evaluate (as of 11:30 p.m., Sept. 26). All the services including their administrators were on high alert. Policemen from Vinnytsia, Zhytomyr and Kmelnitsk regions were alarmed as well.

Related: Kalynivka: blasts intensity dropped down

Ukraine's Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman arrived at Vinnytsya. The Prime Minister announced that various versions of the reasons of the fire in Kalynivka are being developed now, however apparently it is the question of external factors.   

There were no chemical substances stored in Kalynivka arsenal, explosions are spotted on the tank ammunition sites only, according to Bohdan Senyk, the head of the public affairs division of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.       

It is known that explosions and fire are at the 48th arsenal - the storage base for ammunition of Armed Forces in Vinnytsia region, a few kilometers from Kalynivka. According to the data available in open sources, 188,000 tons of ammunition is stored in the arsenal. The area of the arsenal is about 60 hectares. Among the ammunition stored in the arsenal there are rockets Smerch, Hurricane and Grad. According to journalist Yury Butusov, the storage standards in the arsenal are exceeded by several times.               

Related: Two persons injured in Kalynivka, - Vinnytsia Regional State Administration

In 2005, on the basis of the 48th arsenal, it was considered to create a regional Western center for the elimination of weapons, but local authorities actively opposed the establishment of such a center and it was never established. However, there were reports that obsolete ammunition from the Khmelnytsky and Lviv regions was being brought to the arsenal.

Related: Kalynivka: 28,5 thousand people are already evacuated, - State Emergency Service

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