Friday 25 May 2018

Tens of thousands evacuated after massive Ukraine ammunition depot explosion

A destroyed house is seen near the warehouse storing ammunition for multiple rocket launcher systems at a military base in Kalynivka, Vinnytsia region, Ukraine September 27, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
A destroyed house is seen near the warehouse storing ammunition for multiple rocket launcher systems at a military base in Kalynivka, Vinnytsia region, Ukraine September 27, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
A destroyed house is seen near the warehouse storing ammunition for multiple rocket launcher systems at a military base in Kalynivka, Vinnytsia region, Ukraine September 27, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
A destroyed house is seen near the warehouse storing ammunition for multiple rocket launcher systems at a military base in Kalynivka, Vinnytsia region, Ukraine September 27, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
A destroyed house is seen as a local resident stands, near the warehouse storing ammunition for multiple rocket launcher systems at a military base in nearby in Kalynivka, Vinnytsia region, Ukraine September 27, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
A destroyed house is seen near the warehouse storing ammunition for multiple rocket launcher systems at a military base in Kalynivka, Vinnytsia region, Ukraine September 27, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
A destroyed car is seen as National Guard serviceman patrols the area near the warehouse storing ammunition for multiple rocket launcher systems at a military base in Kalynivka, Vinnytsia region, Ukraine September 27, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
A destroyed car is seen as National Guards patrol the area near the warehouse storing ammunition for multiple rocket launcher systems at a military base in Kalynivka, Vinnytsia region, Ukraine September 27, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
A destroyed car is seen as National Guards patrol the area near the warehouse storing ammunition for multiple rocket launcher systems at a military base in Kalynivka, Vinnytsia region, Ukraine September 27, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
A destroyed car is seen as National Guards patrol the area near the warehouse storing ammunition for multiple rocket launcher systems at a military base in Kalynivka, Vinnytsia region, Ukraine September 27, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
A destroyed car is seen near the warehouse storing ammunition for multiple rocket launcher systems at a military base in Kalynivka, Vinnytsia region, Ukraine September 27, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
National Guards patrol the area near the warehouse storing ammunition for multiple rocket launcher systems at a military base in Kalynivka, Vinnytsia region, Ukraine September 27, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
A destroyed car is seen as National Guards patrol the area near the warehouse storing ammunition for multiple rocket launcher systems at a military base in Kalynivka, Vinnytsia region, Ukraine September 27, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) ride on the road near a warehouse storing ammunition for multiple rocket launcher systems at a military base in the town of Kalynivka in Vinnytsia region, Ukraine September 27, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) ride on the road as smoke rise over a warehouse storing ammunition for multiple rocket launcher systems at a military base in the town of Kalynivka in Vinnytsia region, Ukraine September 27, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) ride on the road as smoke rise over a warehouse storing ammunition for multiple rocket launcher systems at a military base in the town of Kalynivka in Vinnytsia region, Ukraine September 27, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Massive explosions and a blaze at a military ammunition depot in central Ukraine forced authorities to evacuate 24,000 people and close airspace over the region, officials said on Wednesday.

The blasts occurred late on Tuesday at a military base near Kalynivka in the Vynnytsya region, 270 kilometres (168 miles) west of Kiev, Ukrainian emergencies service said in a statement.

One person was injured, it said.

Arriving in the region hours later, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said "external factors" were behind the incident.

The prime minister said on local television that the situation is under control. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Reuters

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