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 NATO representatives arrive to Balakliia to demine ammunition depot, - Svitlychna

NATO representatives arrived to demine the military ammunition depot in the town of Balakliia in the Kharkiv region.

This was announced by the Governor of the Kharkiv region Yulia Svitlychna, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

"Restoration work is under way, as well as demining. Utility services are also being restored. By Sunday we are planning to restore the entire power supply. As for gas, we plan to reconnect the city by Thursday," Svitlychna reported.

Watch more: Aftermath of Balakliia depot fire. DRONE VIDEO

She added that there are 29,000 people living in the town of Balakliia, so it will take some time to fully restore the gas supply.

"NATO representatives are already arriving at this moment to demine the military depot according to the presidential decree," Svitlychna said.

According to her, the local residents are provided with humanitarian aid - food and medicine.

The governor also said that it will be necessary to restore the social infrastructure and housing, so all necessary documents are being prepared in order to request the Cabinet of Ministers to allocate financial assistance for the restoration work.

See more: Explosions still heard near Balakliia, rescuers use armored firefighting vehicles, - State Emergency Service. PHOTOS+VIDEO

On March 23, 2017, an emergency arose at the military ammunition depot of the Defense Ministry in Balakliia, the Kharkiv region, due to explosions of ammunition. Several storage areas of rocket and cannon artillery ordnance (tank and artillery missiles of 125 mm and 152 mm caliber) were impacted by explosion and caught fire, which caused the detonation of the ammunition. Residents of the nearby areas have been evacuated.

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

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