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Squadron commander of depot near Ukraine's Ichnia fined for drunk driving

Symonov was detained on October 9 at around 9 pm in Pryluky
15:00, 30 October 2018

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The court fined Oleksandr Symonov, the commander of the squadron of А1479  military unit (the arsenal of the Defence Ministry) near Ichnia, Chernihiv region, for drunk driving on the day when explosions occurred in ammo depots. The amount of the fine is $364,3, as the court decided, Ukrainian News reported.

It was noted that on October 9, when the fire started, Simonov was detained at around 9 pm in Prylukym Chernihiv region, while driving in a state of intoxication.

Related: Fire at Ukraine's Ichnia ammo depot localized

The man did not show up at the court session, yet he sent a statement where he agreed with the charges and admitted his guilt.

The court decided to fine Simonov for $364,3 with deprivation of a right to drive for one year.

Reportedly, an explosion at the sixth armory occurred in Ichnia on October 9. The air-space within 30 km was 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: Pyrotechnists found 3,600 explosive devices at Ukraine's Ichnia ammo stocks

Since October 10, ten demining groups have been working on the territory of the armoury. 70% of the administrative territory was cleared. On October 11, the fire was completely eliminated.  

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).

Related: Pyrotechnists clear 39 settlements after explosions at Ichnia ammo depot

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