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Ammunitions depot explodes on military base in Donetsk

June 30, 2014, 1:42 UTC+3 DONETSK
Ukraine’s acting Interior minister says arms depot in Donetsk blown up at his order
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© ITAR-TASS/Zurab Dzhavakhadze
© ITAR-TASS/Zurab Dzhavakhadze
© ITAR-TASS/Zurab Dzhavakhadze

DONETSK, June 30, /ITAR-TASS/. An explosion of ammunitions occurred Sunday night in a depot on military base No. 3306 in Donetsk, which is located in the area of Kupriyanov Street. At the time of reporting, approaches to the base were sealed off.

Officials of the unrecognized self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic arrived at the site of depot where fire broke out after the explosion.

There were no immediate reports about victims or injuries.

Ammunitions depot on a military base in Donetsk was blown up at an order of Ukraine’s acting interim Interior minister Arsen Avakov. The man revealed the news personally late night Sunday.

According to his version of the incident, commanders of base No. 3037 of the ‘national guard’ that had sustained a three-months-long siege by the self-defence forces did not succumb to the demands of the latter “to lay down arms, to surrender and to cede control over the garrison depot of munitions to the Donetsk People’s Republic”.

Instead of this, the ‘national guardsmen’ under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Borteyev broke through the checkpoints of self-defense forces Sunday “on cars and with weapons in their hands,” Avakov went on.

Referring to the character of the explosion, he said that “watchdog timing devices went off” when self-defence fighters of self-defence forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic “tried to penetrate the ammunitions depot” of base No. 3307 of the so-called ‘national guard’.

“I gave the order to prevent a situation where they /the self-defence forces/ would get hold of the weaponry and munitions” still kept in the depot.

Reports also said that the approaches to the base had been sealed off and officials of the unrecognized self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic had arrived at the site of the incident.

Earlier dispatches from Donetsk named Army base 3306 located in the area of Kupriyanov Street.

There was no information on anyone killed or wounded by the explosion.


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