Woman found dead after ammunition blast in Ukraine

Eastern Kharkiv region, scene of blast, borders areas of conflict between government and Russian-backed separatists

Woman found dead after ammunition blast in Ukraine

World Bulletin / News Desk

A woman was found dead in debris after explosions Thursday at a military artillery depot in eastern Ukraine, local media reported Friday.

Mykola Chechiotkin, the head of Ukraine's emergency service, said in comments reported by the Interfax Ukraine agency that a 66-year-old woman was found under the debris of a house late Thursday.

The blasts took place at a Defense Ministry warehouse in the city of Balaklia in the country’s eastern Kharkiv region at 7.00 a.m. local time (0500GMT) on Thursday.

Following the explosions, about 15,000 people were evacuated from the area.

Chechiotkin also said one woman was injured during the explosions. 

Regions bordering Kharkiv have been the scene of fighting between government forces and Russian-baked separatists since April 2014.

President Petro Poroshenko said late Thursday on his social Twitter account that officials will ask NATO for assistance in making the area safe again.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Mart 2017, 16:15