The explosions at the ammunition depot in Kalynivka, the Vinnytsia region, have been organized by a sabotage group that managed to escape during the anti-terrorist operation held by the Ukrainian law enforcers in the Vinnytsia region the day before.
This was announced by press secretary of Armed Forces’ Main Department for development and maintenance of supply Serhii Misiura.
“With our intelligence data, searches and pursuit of sabotage groups were conducted in the Vinnytsia region, disguised as anti-terrorist exercises, from Sept. 25. Yes, this was done by more than one person. And searches were held for two days,” Misiura wrote and added that some people were detained.
Misiura says the act of sabotage that led to the fire and explosions in the ammunition depot in Kalynivka was conducted with the help of a drone. This is also confirmed by post guards who heard its sound.
“The watchers reported of some noise in the sky, followed by explosions of shells that were held on the street. This is confirmed – it was a drone operating in the area, and this is a terrorist attack,” Misiura wrote.
As reported, on Sept. 26 at around 10 p.m., State Emergency Service was reported of ammunition explosions in the military depot of the Defense Ministry in Kalynivka village. A source said that the explosions were heard in the village, and ammo was seen flying over the depot. The Kalynivka depot is more than 1,000 ha and packed with ammunition of various types.
As of 10 a.m. Sept. 27, more than 30,000 people have been evacuated. For that purpose, 50 buses, 10 ambulances, and Emergency Service psychologists were involved. Two people were traumatized and taken to hospitals.
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Poroshenko summons War Cabinet over Kalynivka explosions
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko made a decision to summon the War Cabinet consisting of Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman, NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov, heads of law enforcement and defense agencies over the explosions in the ammunition depot in Kalynivka, the Vinnytsia region.
“Having received a report by the chief of the General Staff and SBU head, I ordered them to fly to the Vinnytsia region. During the night, I was receiving information from the emergency HQ, the prime minister, and the defense minister.
“I want to praise efficient activities of the central and local governments during the evacuation of the population. I also thank all volunteers who are helping to save the people.
“I have decided to summon the War Cabinet consisting of prime minister, NSDC secretary, defense minister, chief of the General Staff, an SBU representative, and heads of the National Police, the National Guard, and the Emergency Service right after their return from Vinnytsia,” Poroshenko wrote.