The Military Prosecutor’s Office of the Western Region has preliminarily qualified the blasts at the ammunition depots near Kalynivka, Vinnytsia region, as sabotage.
“The Military Prosecutor’s Office of the Western Region has entered a case into the unified register of pre-trial investigations under Article 113 of the Criminal Code,” press secretary for the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) Olena Hitlianska told Interfax-Ukraine.
According to her, SBU officers will be among the investigation team created to probe the explosions at the ammo depots.
A subversive group might have used a drone to set a fire, Yuriy Biriukov, an adviser to the president of Ukraine and assistant to the defense minister, said.
“A soldier at one of the stations managed to report a strange noise. After a few seconds, explosions started in the open area. The perimeter was secured, that is why we think a drone might have been applied,” he stressed.
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As reported, at around 22:00 on September 26, reports arrived about explosions of ammunition in an arsenal of the Defense Ministry near the town of Kalynivka (Vinnytsia region). Residents of Kalynivka and the populated areas in a 10-kilometer zone (Pavlivka, Medvedka, Dorozhne, Salnyk, Stryzhavka) were notified. 30,000 persons have been evacuated.
About 188,000 tons of ammo, including multiple rocket launchers, are stored in the depots with an area of 60 hectares.
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