Tank ammunition detonate in Kalynivka arsenal, no chemicals burning - General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces

Source : 112 Ukraine

Blaming the guilty persons will be possible only after the emergency response law enforcement teams find out what had actually happened
06:47, 27 September 2017

There were no chemical substances stored in Kalynivka arsenal, explosions are spotted on the tank ammunition sites only. Bohdan Senyk, the head of the public affairs division of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, reported that to the 112 Ukraine TV channel.

“I have information that detonation occurred on the tank ammunition storage area,” Bohdan Senyk said.

At that the head of the public affairs division denied information on alleged chemical substances being stored in Kalynivka.

According to him, a unit commander to bear responsibility for the incident.

“If this is a military unit, then a unit commander is responsible, of course. However, blaming the guilty persons will be possible only after the emergency response law enforcement teams find out what had actually happened,” he added.

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.

Media report of two women wounded. Several command centers are set up in the nearest residential place where the emergency response groups are working. Specifically, a woman with hip fracture was brought to the command center in Stryzhanivka, another woman had a head injury

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.

Ukraine's Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman arrived at Vinnytsya.

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.                          

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.

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