The 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.
This was reported by press service ofthe State Emergency Service to 112.ua. Police officers from Vinnytsia, Zhytomyr and Khmelnytsky regions were also alarmed.
The head of General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces Viktor Muzhenko also is heading to the place of incident.
It’s too early to say about the reasons of the fire at the arsenal in Kalynivka at the moment. Rescuers are evacuating residents from Kalynivka. Local residents report that the city has a power outage.
The entrances to Kalynivka are blocked, the police ensure the safety of the property of locals leaving the city from looters. The traffic on the Vinnytsia-Kyiv and Zhytomyr-Mohylev-Podolsky highways is blocked.
The explosions are so large that they were seen from the Belavia airplane, which was flying above Vinnytsa going from Larnaka to Minsk. The Ministry of Infrastructure expects information from Ukrainian Air Force regarding restrictions on flights. The air space within a radius of 50 km from the fire zone has already been closed by the decision of Ukraerocenter. The ban is imposed on all flights within a radius of 50 km and without any restrictions in height.
The movement on the Sosenka-Kalynivka railway line and the movement to Zhmerynka are also closed. Ukrainian railway also decides the question of sending fire trains to the scene, and there are trains are ready to evacuate the population.
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.