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Two persons injured in Kalynivka, - Vinnytsia Regional State Administration
10:13, 27 September 2017
Two persons injured in Kalynivka, - Vinnytsia Regional State Administration

Currently the frequency of explosions is around 3 shells per minute at the moment

10:13, 27 September 2017

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Two people injured in the result of the fire on ammunition arsenal in Kalynivka, Vinnytsia region. Andriy Hyzhko, the first deputy of the Vinnytsia Regional State Administration, reported that on air of the 112 Ukraine TV channel.

“Two women requested medical help with minor injuries,” Hyzhko stated.

He also added that the frequency of explosions is around 3 shells per minute at the moment.

At the same time the head of Vinnytsia Regional State Administration Valeriy Koroviy noted that the drones were sent to the scene of fire to film the source of ignition.

As we reported earlier, the fire on the ammunition depots in Kalynivka, Vinnytsia region, central Ukraine, started at about 9 p m. on September 26.

According to the State Emergency Service the scale of the fire was impossible to evaluate (as of 11:30 p.m., Sept. 26). All the services including their administrators were on high alert. Policemen from Vinnytsia, Zhytomyr and Kmelnitsk regions were alarmed as well.

Related: Kalynivka: 28,5 thousand people are already evacuated, - State Emergency Service

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.   

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

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.

Related: Kalynivka: ammunition depot on fire - all details

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