14:20 28.09.2017

General Staff chief bears responsibility for ammo dump fire – Turchynov

General Staff chief bears responsibility for ammo dump fire – Turchynov

Responsibility for the fire at the Kalynivka ammo dump in Vinnytsia region is shared by defense officials, starting from the chief of Ukraine's Armed Forces General Staff, National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov has said.

"The country has suffered a gigantic blow since the start of the war, a blow against our defense, or defense capability… This is the responsibility, starting from the chief of the General Staff along the entire vertical [line of command], all those who answer for our country's defense," Turchynov told journalists in Kyiv on Thursday.

"We have demonstrated that we are unable to defend our strategic arsenals. This gives rise to the question of the quality of our nation's defense. And until the highest officials, those who do not fulfill their functions well, answer for this we will always be counting our losses," Turchynov said.

Turchynov said after the fire at ammo dumps near Svatove conclusions were drawn and the NSDC, along with the Cabinet of Ministers and Defense Ministry, took decisions.

"Unfortunately, most of these have not been carried out. And we see such consequences. Because they were not carried out those responsible will pay with their positions and legally," he said.

"Responsibility is a necessity, as well as the courage to answer for something you are incapable of doing," Turchynov said.

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