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 Unexploded ordnance disposal underway in Balakliia. PHOTOS

The Ukrainian military have started to dispose of unexploded ordnance (UXO) collected in and around Balakliia town in Ukraine's Kharkiv region.

As reported by Censor.NET, citing the Defense Ministry press service, the disposal site is located at the distance of about 10 kilometers from the residential area.

"In Balakliia, the sounds of explosions will be heard in the days to come. This will mean the elimination of explosive objects is underway that poses no threat to civilians," the message says.

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On March 23, 2017, an emergency arose at the military ammunition depot of the Defense Ministry in Ukraine's eastern town of Balakliia. Several storage areas of rocket and cannon artillery ordnance (tank and artillery missiles of 125 mm and 152 mm caliber) caught fire, with massive explosions of ordnance following. More than 16,000 Balakliia residents were evacuated.

Chief Military Prosecutor Anatolii Matios said the emergency in Balakliia was an act of sabotage.

Later, a video of explosions at the ammunition depot was published online.

According to Defense Minister Poltorak, the incident in Balakliia caused no serious damage to the defense capacity of the country.

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Photos by MoD press service
 
 
 
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