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 243 buildings damaged, five houses destroyed in Balakliia, - Zubko

Repair units are trying to restore gas and energy supply in Balakliia, the Kharkiv region, where large ammunition depot caught fire last week.

Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Hennadii Zubko wrote on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.

"Ordnance units of the Emergency Service have cleared five of nine sectors of Balakliia town as well as seven nearby settlements. 820 pieces of explosive ordnance have been extracted since the beginning of demining operation. About 10 lone explosions per hour are being recorded in Balakliia. No fires were reported in the area," he wrote.

Local residents are being supplied with food kits at couple of humanitarian aid points. Five private houses were destroyed and 243 buildings were damaged, including 117 apartment buildings, 87 private houses, 12 social facilities, and 22 infrastructure and industry facilities.

64 repair units are trying to restore gas and energy supply in Balakliia town.

Read more: Explosions of varying intensity still rocking Balakliia ammunition depot, - State Emergency Service

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.

According to the Emergency Service, the was not a single fire reported in Bakaliia ammunition depot as well as nearby settlements on March 25.

Read more: NATO representatives arrive to Balakliia to demine ammunition depot, - Svitlychna
 
 
 
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