NATO representatives are coming to Balakliya to demine military base

Source : 112 Ukraine

Poroshenko gave an urgent errand for Foreign Ministry, Ministry of Defense and State Emergency Service to involve NATO support for humanitarian demining in Balakliya
13:37, 25 March 2017

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NATO representatives are coming to demine the military base in Balakliya in Kharkiv region. This was reported by Yuliya Svitlychna, the head of Kharkiv state administration, during the briefing of the HQ on managing the consequences of explosions in Balakliya, broadcast by 112 Ukraine TV channel.

"NATO representatives are arriving at the moment in order to carry out mine clearance activities on military base at the president’s request," Svitlychna noted.

As it was reported earlier, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko ordered the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Ministry of Defense and the State Emergency Service have to immediately involve assistance from NATO for humanitarian demining in Balakliya.

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.

Related: Explosions in Balakliya continue, — State Emergency Service

Related: Current situation in Balakliya: Fire extinguished

Related: Fire in Balakliya fully extinguished

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