15:49 03.05.2018

Grass ablaze near former arms depot outside Balakliya, military staff evacuated

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Grass ablaze near former arms depot outside Balakliya, military staff evacuated

Dry grass has caught fire in the territory of a former artillery ammunition depot near Balakliya (military unit A 1352, Kharkiv region), fire tanks and an engineering machine are being used to extinguish the fire, the press service of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has reported.

"Today, on May 3, at 13:35, dry grass caught fire in the territory of a former arms depot in Balakliya, Kharkiv region, where the work continues to clean up and demine remains of shells that did not get off during last year's emergency," the General Staff of the Armed Forces said in the message posted on its Facebook page.

Two firefighting tanks and an obstacle-clearing vehicle are containing the fire. "Mine action personnel have been evacuated," the staff said.

Servicemen and rescuers of the Ukrainian State Emergency Service are providing security for the local population.

The staff did not provide details of the fire scale and possible casualties.

Munitions started to explode at the 65th depot near Balakliya on March 23, 2017. The explosions killed a woman and injured three people.

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