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 Probe into mortar blast: military police have five theories including untrained squad, outdated shell made in 1973. DOCUMENT (in Ukrainian)

The military police also suggests that one of the reasons for the explosion of the Molot mortar which inflicted injuries on two servicemen could be alcohol intoxication of the unit deputy commander.

Based on the document obtained by the editorial team of Censor.NET, M120-15 Molot mortar, which was used in a combat mission to retaliate the enemy bombardment, worked properly.

As it follows from the military police report, the weapons officer of the 4th motorized infantry brigade of the military unit No. A2167, Major S., was drunk.

The military police named several possible causes of the explosion:

- low levels of competence of the mortar squad;

- use of faulty ammunition (manufactured back in 1973);

- violation of rules for storage and preparation of ammunition for use;

- violation of the rules of operation and maintenance of mortar;

- the weapon's design flaws; 

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Spokesperson for the JFO headquarters Oleksii Tryhub earlier said three Ukrainian fighters received injuries as Molot mortar exploded in a combat operation in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) zone in the Donbas on Sept. 23.

The JFO press service later issued an update on casualties of a recent incident involving Molot mortar, saying that two Ukrainian servicemen have been injured and there is no threat to their life. "Two mortar crewmen – not three, as was incorrectly reported by some media – received light tangential wounds. A shell exploded in the barrel of an M120-15 Molot mortar amid a combat operation on Sept. 23," it said.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n3087953
 
 
 
 
 
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