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 Balakliia, nine nearby villages cleared of explosives. PHOTOS

As of 7 a.m. March 27, the neighborhoods of Balakliia town and nine nearby villages n the Kharkiv region have been cleared of explosive objects by State Emergency Service pyrotechnical units.

Censor.NET reports citing the State Emergency Service press office.

"Sporadic explosions of ordnance of various intensity are still observed in the territory of the depot. Three fire tanks, three engineer vehicles and three fire engines of the Defense Ministry have been used to contain and eliminate hot spots. Three fire engines of the State Emergency Service have been involved to supply water.

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"Gas supply and potentially dangerous facilities within the emergency area have been suspended. Air space within a radius of 40 km has been closed," the message says.

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2,663 personnel and 236 vehicles, including 420 workers, 107 vehicles and 15 pyrotechnical units (75 personnel and 27 vehicles) of the State Emergency Service have been engaged in the emergency response.

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An emergency relief HQ, headed by chairman of the Balakliia district state administration S. Maselskyi, has been set up.

Read more: 243 buildings damaged, five houses destroyed in Balakliia, - Zubko

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 State Emergency Service, no fire was reported in Bakaliia and nearby settlements on March 25.

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Photos courtesy of SES press office
 
 
 
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