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Sabotage occurred in ammo depot in Ichnia, according to investigation, - Poroshenko

He urged the society to unite and "learn the decisive actions"
17:50, 11 October 2018

Presidential Administration press office

The main inquiry line of the incident at the ammunition depot in Ichnia, Chernihiv region is sabotage. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko claimed this as 112 Ukraine reported.

"It is offensive, painful; such stories that are the results of the activity of the subversive groups, according to the investigation, tarnish the image of the Ukrainian soldiers and the special service. They overshadow the fair work of the warriors who defend the motherland with devotion. The first data, as the investigation provided, rejects the negligence and the main inquiry line is the diversion. It should teach us the decisive actions," the president said.

Related: Explosion intensity in Ukraine's Ichnia decreased, - Defence Ministry

As the example, he named the attempt at ex-GRU officer Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury.

"What did we see in British society? The demands to dismiss the leadership of the intelligence, special services, army, and government? Rather, the country united, figured out the Russian terrorists, showed this to the whole world, imposed the sanctions against Russia. Ukraine and the world supported them," Poroshenko explained.

Related: Fire in Ukraine's Ichnia completely eliminated

Since October 10, ten demining groups have been working on the territory of the armory. 70% of the administrative territory was cleared.

Reportedly, an explosion in the sixth armory occurred in Ichnia. The air-space within 30 km is shut down, traffic and railway movement are stopped due to the emergency situation. The Military Prosecutor’s Office of the Central Region opened a criminal proceeding on the case of explosions at the ammunition depot in Ichnia. 

Related: 112 Ukraine did not distort information on Ichnia explosion, - ex-Head of Armed Forces press office

Over the past four years, it's been the fifth accident with the ammunition stocks in Ukraine exploding; the incidents took place in Balakliya (Kharkiv region), Svatove (Luhansk region), and Kalynivka (Vinnytsia region).

Also, it was reported that single ammunition explosions are still recorded on two platforms in the 6th armoury of Defence Ministry in Ichnia.

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