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Russian emergencies minister offers help in putting out Ukraine ammunition depot fire

October 30, 2015, 13:53 UTC+3
The fire broke out on Thursday at a depot where about 3,500 tons of ammunition for the multiple launch rocket systems Grad, Smerch and Uragan are stored
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MOSCOW, October 30./TASS/. Russian Minister for Emergency Situations Vladimir Puchkov has sent a letter to his Ukrainian counterpart Nikolai Chechetkin, offering assistance in putting out the fire at an ammunition depot in Svatovo, a city in the east Ukrainian Luhansk region.

"The Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations is ready to immediately dispatch to the affected area up-to-date aircraft, as well as specialists and rescuers with necessary equipment for putting out the fire and organizing ground support for the use of aircraft," the letter said.

The fire began at about 19:30 local time (20:30 Moscow time) on Thursday at a depot where about 3,500 tons of ammunition for the multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) Grad, Smerch and Uragan were stored. The fire area in the military facility territory alone is about 9,000 square meters.

According to the Ukrainian Army General Staff, one person was killed and five were injured in the fire.

The law enforcement agencies are considering a terrorist attack as the main version of the incident.

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