Explosions at Ukrainian Munitions Depot Illuminate Night Sky

StoryfulNewsPublished: September 27, 201723 views
Published: September 27, 2017

A blaze at a munitions warehouse that led thousands to evacuate an area near central Ukraine’s city of Vinnytsia has been brought under control, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said on Wednesday, September 27. The fire broke late on Tuesday at one of Ukraine’s largest munitions depots, located in Kalynivka. It is used for the storage of aircraft and artillery ammunition, according to the Kyiv Post. More than 30,000 people were evacuated from homes within a 10km (six-mile) radius, while emergency services blocked off access roads and imposed a no-fly zone. The cause of the fire was not yet known, but Groysman blamed “external factors.” The fire was the latest in series of incidents at ammo depots in Ukraine. The Kyiv Post reported that a fire damaged a munitions warehouse in Mariupol earlier this month, and a huge blast damaged a weapons stockpile in Balakliya in March. Aerial footage by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty shows the fire and explosions lighting up the night sky. Credit: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty via Storyful

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