"I would like to disprove my reservations about timely allocation of funds by the Finance Ministry. We have found that the Finance Ministry allocated all resources as requested by the Defense Ministry," Prosecutor General told a briefing on Monday in Kyiv, speaking of investigative activities into explosions at the ammunition depot in Kalynivka, the Vinnytsia region, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.
Lutsenko stressed that the investigation is focusing on information about "inadequate planning, funds transfer, and funds use by officials of the General Staff and directors of this ammunition depot."
"Give me some time so that I do not announce our key version ahead of time... I can only say that not just the management of these agencies will be indicted. We have another version that we need to check, because in addition to terrorist attacks, as I said, we also have facts of criminal negligence," Lutsenko said.
"Now we want to study in detail who should be held liable for huge losses of weapons," the prosecutor general added.
Answering a question whether investigative activities will include Chief of the General Staff Viktor Muzhenko, Lutsenko said: "All who must be involved into investigative activities will be, and investigators are not limited in their duties. I think the questioning of Mr. Muzhenko will also take place for this matter, but this will be decided by investigator himself. They got used during my tenure at this post that they don't have to ask anyone of that."
As reported, on Sept. 26 at around 10 p.m., State Emergency Service was reported of ammunition explosions in the military depot of the Defense Ministry in Kalynivka village. A Censor.NET source said that the explosions were heard in the village, and ammo was seen flying over the depot. The Kalynivka depot is more than 1,000 ha and packed with ammunition of various types.
As of 10 a.m. Sept. 27, more than 30,000 people have been evacuated. For that purpose, 50 buses, 10 ambulances, and Emergency Service psychologists were involved. Two people were traumatized and taken to hospitals.
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