17:09 06.07.2018

No alternative to 'Molot' mortars for Ukrainian army – Ukroboronprom head

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No alternative to 'Molot' mortars for Ukrainian army – Ukroboronprom head

There are currently no alternatives for Ukraine's Armed Forces to the 120 mm Molot mortar produced at the PJSC Mayak in Kyiv, head of the state-run Ukroboronprom concern Pavlo Bukin has said.

"At present, we do not have alternatives to the Molot mortars, in any case, it needs to be done, and we need to use it in the Armed Forces," Bukin said on 112.ukraine TV on Friday.

The head of Ukroboronprom also expressed his confidence that the conclusions on the expediency of further deliveries to the army of new armaments can be made on the basis of the conclusions of the investigation initiated by the military of the deadly tragedy at the military training grounds in Rivne region.

As earlier reported, at least three Ukrainian soldiers were killed and nine more were wounded in a deadly accident during military drills on Friday, according to the Ukrainian army's press service.

The incident occurred at 5.55 a.m. local time on July 6 at the 233rd combined arms firing range near the city of Rivne, some 300 kilometers west of Kyiv, the army said.

The deaths were reportedly caused by the premature explosion of a mortar round during gunnery drills. Another nine soldiers sustained injuries of varying severity.

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