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30,000 evacuated over munitions depot fire in Ukraine

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Staff Writer | September 27, 2017
Around 30,000 people were evacuated after a fire at a munitions depot in western Ukraine, officials said.
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Ukraine   The state emergency services:
The state emergency services said the blast took place at midnight at a Defense Ministry warehouse near the town of Kalynivka in the western Vinnytsia region, 270 kilometers (168 miles) west of the capital Kiev.

One person was also injured and hospitalized during the fire, it added.

The reason for the blast was unknown, but Ukrainian General Staff officials told reporters that they could not exclude the possibility of sabotage. Fire and rescue teams were dispatched to the area.

Fire and exploding ammunition in an arsenal in the town of Kalynivka has not affected gas supply to Vinnytsa and the transit of gas, Advisor to Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine Maksym Biliavsky has said.

"Three gas distribution plants in Kalynivka have halted their operation. The situation has not affected the transit, as the gas supply scheme of the regional center allows providing residents with blue fuel in full," Biliavsky wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday morning.


 

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