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 Ukraerorukh denies impossibility of UAV attack on Balakliia depot

Additional probe will be ordered into a possible UAV pass over the Balakliia ammunition depot.

Censor.NET chief editor Yurii Butusov says on Facebook.

"The experiment of the military on the impossibility of a drone pass over Balakliia on March 23 is categorically refuted by Ukraerorukh (Ukraine's Traffic Management Service). That is, two conclusions contradict each other. That night, spots appeared on the civilian radar screen. The data was immediately transmitted to the air defense. To compare data of the military and civilian radars, a third experiment will be conducted. At the same time, actions of three radio air defense companies deployed in the region, serviceability of equipment and performance of military duties will be assessed," the journalist said.

Read more: Drone attack not confimed as reason for Balakliia depot explosions, - journalist

According to him, the investigation is looking at the following versions:

1. Combined sabotage act involving forward air controllers and long-range combat drones.
2. Ground sabotage act at the depot.
3. Deliberate detonation of ordnance in order to conceal possible theft.

"The probe involves experienced explosive experts. The circumstances around the incident require the most serious examination, since there is a number of systemic flaws with the safety of operating depots and bases," Butusov concludes.

Watch more: Sappers combing territory around Balakliia. VIDEO

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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