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Blasts in Svatove: Four injured, residents being evacuated (VIDEOS)

Blasts in Svatove: Four injured, residents being evacuated (VIDEOS)Four Ukrainian servicemen were injured and one soldier was killed as a result of ongoing explosions caused by fire at the munitions depot in Svatove town, Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine.

This was reported by spokesperson for the Ukraine’s Interior Ministry department in Luhansk region Tetiana Pohukayi on Facebook.

The blaze erupted at the Ukrainian Armed Forces' depots, which store around 3,500 tonnes of ammunition, at around 19:30 local time on Thursday. The fire area was some 300 meters by 300 meters. The blasts set several houses and garages on fire. Fires caused by the explosions of military ammunition spread into the forests surrounding the town. The scattered shells caused damage to houses and railways, exploding in different parts of the town.

Deputy Head of the Luhansk Regional Military and Civilian Administration Yuri Klimenko reported that some people had been moved to nearby bombproof shelters. Those who have decided to leave the town are being bussed to the district centers for accommodation at holiday hotels.

As the press service of the State Emergency Service states, it is dangerous to put out fire at the depot due to explosions of ammunition.

"The acting head of the state regional administration department in Svatovo ordered to evacuate about 20,000 people," reads the statement.

The tentative information provided by the region's Governor Heorhiy Tuka indicates that the blaze was caused by a shot fired from a signal flare pistol.

Meanwhile, the General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces is analyzing various theories behind the fire at the ammunition depots near Svatove in Luhansk region, including a possible terrorist attack, General Staff spokesman Vladyslav Selezniov has said.

"Different reasons are being examined, including a theory suggesting a terrorist act," Selezniov told the 112 Ukraine television station after being asked about the possible cause of the fire.

Source: Interfax-Ukraine and agencies
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