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Consensus is sabotage, likely by Russians. MoD says depot half emptied, and high value munitions previously relocated, with most of the remaining stock timexed. Nevertheless, it appears that 30% of the in situ stock has been destroyed. MP Tymchuk and analyst Butusov both having “we told you so” moments having both last year identified the depot to be at risk due to poor storage practices.
A blast has hit a munitions depot located some 180 kilometers east of the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, the military says.
Around 12,000 people were evacuated after a fire and explosions at a rate of two to three a second hit a Ukrainian Defence Ministry ammunition depot early on Tuesday morning, officials said.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has tightened security at ammunition depots and arsenals across Ukraine. The measures have been taken by order of Chief of the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces Gen. Viktor Muzhenko.
President Petro Poroshenko has ordered Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak and Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin to complete talks with the North-Atlantic Alliance on the implementation of a special trust fund that will ensure safe use and effective protection of ammunition depots.
The Defense Ministry claimed that as at 9:00 am, the intensity of the explosions decreased to one explosion per 10 minutes
President Petro Poroshenko heard the report by top security officials on the incident at the ammunition depots near Ichnya, Chernihiv region. The head of state believes that all those who ensured the protection of the military warehouse overnight Tuesday when the blasts hit the site should be probed.
First Deputy Head of the National Police of Ukraine, Vyacheslav Abroskin, says the investigation considers as their main version that a massive fire at a military ammunition depot near Ichnya in Ukraine’s northern Chernihiv region was a result of subversive actions of the Russian sabotage group. As of 17:00 on October 9, the police registered 54 incidents related to the explosions in the settlement of Druzhba 16 km away from the town of Ichnya.
Three versions of the causes of an emergency at the Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s ammo depot near the town of Ichnia, Chernihiv region, are currently being considered, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that all those who ensured the protection of the unit at night when explosions occurred should be checked.
In its turn, the General Staff did not reveal the number of the ammunition stored at the depot with reference to the secrecy of data
Totally, the armory in Ichnia district can hold 127,000 tons of ammunition
A fire and explosions at a rate of two to three a second hit a Ukrainian ammunition depot in Ichnia, Chernihiv region
112 International, The Pulse TV show, Yuliy Mamchur, Ukrainian MP, ex-army officer says ammo stocks in Ukraine expode due to bad overload
Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak says there was not enough equipment at the perimeter of a military warehouse near the town of Ichnia of Chernihiv region, where the fire extinguishing continues along with the detonation of ammunition.
Defense Minister of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak says that the burning ammunition depots located near the town of Chernihiv region were half full at the time of the emergency, since the critical and scarce ammunition for the Armed Forces had been previously relocated to other storage sites.
Blowing up of ammunition depots in Chernihiv region is an attempt of the authorities to hide another theft, Head of the Socialist Party of Ukraine Illia Kyva has said, the press service of the SPU has reported on its official website.
Rifle ammunition is stored in the territory of the sixth arsenal of Ukraine’s Defense Ministry near the village of Druzhba (Ichnia district, Chernihiv region), where a fire started on Tuesday, Deputy General Staff Chief Rodion Tymoshenko has said.
As many as 12,000 people have already been evacuated due to a fire and explosions at an ammunition depot near the village of Druzhba of Ichnia district in Ukraine’s Chernihiv region, the Ukrainian State Emergency Situations Service has said.
President summons security forces to report on situation in Chernihiv region
Ichnya ammunitions depot caught fire in four spots – Defence Ministry. The General Staff suspects an act of sabotage. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today
At night an explosion occurred at the territory of the sixth ammunition depot of the Defense Ministry in Chernihiv region, and then the fire has begun. We are telling everything we know at the moment
09.10.18 13:34 – Butusov warned a year ago that Russians could target arms depot outside Ichnia. PHOTO Exactly a year ago, after Kalynivka-based ammo dump was destroyed by the fire, Censor.NET Chief Editor, Yurii Butusov, identified arms depots which could suffer the same fate. View news. Exactly a year ago, after Kalynivka-based ammo dump was destroyed by the fire, Censor.NET Chief Editor, Yurii Butusov, identified arms depots which could suffer the same fate. In his post on social media of Oct 2, 2017, Butusov named four arms depots. “According to military experts, the following arms depots should be included in the high-risk category: the 47th arms depot of the Ground Forces Command, (the village of Tsvitokha, the Khmelnytskyi region, military unit No. A-1358); the 6th arms depot (the town of Ichnia, the Chernihiv region, military unit No. A-1479); 222nd Central Artillery Ammunition Base (Rossoshka village, the Cherkasy region, military unit No. A-1588); 1322nd Artillery Ammunition Base (Ushomyr village, the Zhytomyr region, military unit No. A-1796),” the journalist wrote in his post. Source: https://en.censor.net.ua/n3090332
88,000 tons of ammunition located in Chernihiv armoury
Around 10,000 people were evacuated after a fire and explosions hit a defense ministry ammunition depot 176 kms (109 miles) east of the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv early on Tuesday morning, officials said. The airspace in a 20 km (12 miles) radius has been closed and road and rail transport suspended.
According to the ministry, the fire covers 10% of the technical area of the depot
Ukraine opens criminal probe of explosions on Chernihiv ammunition depot
The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) is considering the theory of a possible act of sabotage at an arms depot in Ichnia district, Chernihiv region, the SBU's press center has reported.
Fire in Ichnia, – video