Border service of Ukraine has strengthened the protection of border with Russia over the explosions of ammunition
The state border service of Ukraine has strengthened the protection of the Eastern border due to fires and explosions in military warehouses in Balakleya in Kharkiv region. On Thursday, March 23, the press center of the Ministry.
“Force units of the Eastern regional Directorate and the Department reserves increased density of border duties outside the checkpoints,” the statement reads. It is noted that security measures at checkpoints reinforced and clarified the interaction of the guards with all security agencies of the country.
In turn, the State service of Ukraine for emergency situations reported that at military depots near Kharkov continues explosions of different intensity. The office noted that the movement of passenger transport on the railway station “Balakliya” is suspended and is organized by the backup scheme.
Earlier Thursday, the chief military Prosecutor of Ukraine Anatoly Matios said that the reason for the detonation of ammunition in a warehouse in Kharkiv region, according to preliminary data, became a diversion. He said that at sites where there was a fire, kept the tank and artillery shells of caliber of 125 and 152 mm. On the area of 368 hectares are stored 138 thousand tons of ammunition.
It was also reported that because of the danger of increasing the area of detonation of the munition and its expansion organized the evacuation of the local population. Installed semikilometrovaya security zone. The dead and injured as a result of fire is not fixed.
A fire at an ammunition depot in Balakleya started around 02:30 (03:30 GMT) from the explosion that was so powerful that it was felt in surrounding towns and villages.