28 Sep 2017 20:22

Situation in Vinnytsia region where ammo depots exploded returning to normal

KYIV. Sept 28 (Interfax) - The situation in the populated localities, which happened to be inside a five-kilometer zone around the ammunitions depots near the Ukrainian town of Kalynivka, Vinnytsia region, is returning to normal and local residents earlier evacuated due to munitions detonation can return to their homes, the Ukrainian State Service for Emergency Situations (SSES) press service reported on Thursday evening.

"The situation is gradually returning to normal. Local residents can return to their homes," an operational report about the explosions at the ammunitions depots as of 6.30 p.m. on Thursday published on the SSES website said.

Following the return of local residents restoration of power, gas and electricity supplies began, the service said.

"As a result of works conducted, as of 2.30 p.m. on September 28 all populated localities are reconnected [to electricity supply], measures are under way to restart routine operation of electricity-transmission networks," the statement said.

Efforts to restore gas supply also began at 2 p.m., 140 specialists of emergency services, underground gas pipeline and in-house gas equipment services, and 25 units of equipment are involved in restoration efforts.

A fire broke out and ammunitions started exploding at military posts in the Kalynivka district of the Vinnytsia region on the evening of September 26. The explosions almost stopped in the morning of September 28, and demining across a five-kilometer zone began.

The depot fire hurt two people. More than 30,000 locals were evacuated. At least seven residential buildings were severely damaged.