Ammunition warehouses, located in Kharkov region of Ukraine, began to burn this night.
Ammunition warehouses are on fire in Kharkov region of Ukraine, the RIA Novosti news agency reported, citing the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.
“Today, on March 23, at 2.45 am, a fire broke out on separate sites of an armament base, located in the city of Balakleya, Kharkov region. All measures for fire confinement and fire fighting on-site are taken,” a statement of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry reads.
The largest military warehouse of Ukraine is situated in Balakleya. Some 138,000 tons of shells are stored here.
The fire resulted in detonation of ammunition, a seven-kilometer ‘security zone’ was organized, country’s military prosecutor Anatoliy Matios said. According to him the reason of the incident is sabotage. Matios wrote about this on his Facebook page.
Reportedly, no one was hurt in the fire and explosions. About 20,000 people were evacuated from the area of the emergency situation.
Fire-fighting trains of the Ukrainian Railways state railway network operator were sent to fight the fire. The area of the fire will be circumstantiated with a drone.
A commission headed by Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Igor Pavlovskiy, officers of the Defense Ministry and the General Staff, went to the scene of the incident. Country’s Prime Minister Vladimir Groysman also has flied to Kharkov region.
Reportedly, the Ukrainian Frontier Service has tightened control in the south-eastern direction due to the incident.