"The Prime-Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman arrived at Vinnytsya," reads the message.
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 as stated in the message on the governmental web-portal.
“All the services are mobilized, everyone is working, the situation is under control, all the activities on fire extinction are being taken, personnel and the equipment are mobilized. Everybody is doing everything possible. Every unit is performing their functions – Emergency service, National Police, Ministry of Defence,” the Prime Minister said.
“Authorized bodies will comment on this (the reasons of the explosions, - ed.). The main thing now is to take care of people’s security and to move beyond the consequences of the event,” Groysman said.
He also underlined that the situation is serious and the government has experience in handling the situations of the kind, and the main thing, for now, is to avoid injuries.
The evacuation of people is underway now, all the territory within a 5 km radius is being worked over, there is a sufficient quantity of transport for transporting people willing to leave (for a safe place). Three centers for people are already set up, there is everything necessary. Everything is going to be ok. I would ask not to create panic,” Volodymyr Groysman said.
As it was reported earlier, fire at the ammunition storages in Kalynivka of Vinnytsia region began around 21:00 on September 26. Ukraine’s Emergency Service cannot yet assess the scale of the incident (as of 23:30), But all the forces of the Emergency Service, including the leadership, have been raised in alarm.
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.
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.