“According to preliminary data, a fire near Balakliia might have been caused by an act of sabotage. Explosions occurred exactly where tank shells were stored, "Poltorak said.
He also noted that a special commission of the Defense Ministry is operating at the scene and all measures are being taken to extinguish the fire and to prevent casualties among civilians. Soldiers and local residents are being evacuated.
As earlier reported, on March 23, at 2.45 a.m., a massive fire broke out at some sites of ammunition storage depots, located near the city of Balakliia, Kharkiv region, which triggered expositions.