Fire broke out at ammunition depot in Kharkiv Oblast

18:25, 27 August 2008
Ukraine
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90 thousand tons of ammunition, including mines and missiles

A fire broke out at an ammunition depot of the Southern Operations Headquarters of the Ukraine Armed Forces situated near Lozova city of the Kharkiv Oblast on Wednesday. The evacuation of residents of the local military town has started.

According to an UNIAN’s sources from law-enforcement agencies, the fire broke out at 16.30.

According to the information of the source, the fire spread over from grass to open ammunition depots, where there are kept 90 thousand tons of ammunition, including 80-mm mines and 150-mm missiles.

The situation is aggravated due to the hot weather and strong winds. At present, only two fire tanks are operating at the scene, others have not arrived as yet.

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