This was stated by the Co-Chairman of the OPPOSITION BLOC Yuriy Boyko, commenting on the fire at a military warehouse near Ichnia, Chernihiv region.
“This is already the fourth case of explosions at military arsenals over the past four years. No one is responsible for this. Once again, there will be accused the “hand of the Kremlin”, there will be said that this is supposedly some sort of sabotage. But, if this is a sabotage, find the guilty saboteurs. And if this is a mess and negligence, as it was in previous cases, then find the perpetrators and punish them according to the law,” the opposition politician emphasized.
Yuriy Boyko noted that for all the losses incurred by the state and the affected citizens, someone should be responsible. “The current authorities are unable to impose order, as well as protect their people,” the Co-Chairman of the opposition faction said.
At the same time, as Yuriy Boyko pointed out, the authorities deal with language issues, which split the society, renaming the streets, military greetings, everything, anything, except those issues that really concern people.
“As a result, people do not understand what awaits them tomorrow, how to continue living in a country in which the government does not protect them. The situation of uncertainty in the future and instability is the calling card of the current regime,” Yuriy Boyko concluded.
On October 29, 2015, the warehouses of the Ministry of Defense in Svatovo, Luhansk region, caught fire. In the arsenal, according to the Luhansk regional military-civil administration, there were about 3.5 thousand tons of ammunition of various modifications.
The shells were torn in the city, having killed three soldiers and one local resident.
According to the Ministry of Infrastructure, as a result of the emergency, 59 multi-storey houses, 581 private houses and 21 social facilities were damaged. The Cabinet of Ministers allocated UAH 52.65 million for restoration. The cost of the loss of the military department is not named. There is no information about the perpetrators.
On March 23, 2017, at about 3.00, explosions began in the arsenal of ammunition in Balakliya. Five people were injured, one died. Rescue services carried out the evacuation of local residents. The fire was finally extinguished by March 26; the sappers had been cleaning the area around the warehouses for about a month. In the 10-kilometer zone of destruction hit 36 thousand people. On March 26, Deputy Prime Minister Gennady Zubko said that five houses in Balakliya were destroyed, 243 were damaged. Reconstruction work was financed from the state budget reserve fund, which required UAH 100 million, and an additional UAH 45 million was allocated.
Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak reported that the fire had destroyed 70% of the ammunition. The cause of the detonation, the authorities called sabotage. No saboteurs were found. The cost of military casualties is unknown. Law enforcement agencies did not report the completion of the investigation.
The evening of September 26, 2017 in Kalynivka near Vinnytsia at the arsenal of the Armed Forces of Ukraine explosions began. On the area of about 60 hectares 188 thousand tons of ammunition was stored. The airspace within a radius of 50 km was closed. The schedule of 14 trains was changed, 24 thousand people were evacuated. It is known of two victims. The military prosecutor’s office opened criminal proceedings on the fact of sabotage. A year later, in September 2018, the Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko stated that “all possible and impossible security rules, including fire, access, security, were violated”. According to him, dozens of officials are going to be brought to justice.
Independent military experts called the cost of damage for the army and the state from UAH 800 million to UAH 1 billion.
On October 9, 2018, around 3:30 am, a detonation occurred at the sixth arsenal of the Command Force of Support of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near the village of Druzhba south of Ichnia in the Chernihiv region. On the territory of 402 hectares, according to the security agencies, there were from 50 to 88 thousand tons of ammunition.
Because of the state of emergency, the airspace was closed within a radius of 20 km from the scene. Also in the district the movement of railway and road transport was suspended.
Of the 16-kilometer zone of possible damage, and these are about 40 settlements, more than 12 thousand inhabitants have been evacuated. According to military experts, as a result of a fire in the art warehouses in Ichnia, Ukraine could suffer losses amounting to about a billion dollars.