As reported by Censor.NET citing 112 Ukraine TV channel, this was stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Hroisman following the meeting of the emergency response headquarters established onsite.
According to Hroisman, about 50 percent of the ammunition depot's territory in Balakliia is engulfed in flames.
He also said it would be possible to accurately estimate the losses caused by the fire after it is completely put out. According to him, the ordnance depot was well-equipped.
As reported, March 23, 2017, an emergency arose at the military ammunition depot of the Defense Ministry at Balakliia, the Kharkiv region, due to explosions of ammunition. Several storage areas of rocket and cannon artillery ordnance (tank and artillery missiles of 125 mm and 152 mm caliber) were impacted by explosion and caught fire, which caused the detonation of the ammunition. Residents of the nearby areas have been evacuated.
Chief Military Prosecutor Anatolii Matios said the emergency in Balakliia was an act of sabotage.
Later, a video of the explosion at Balakliia ammunition depot was published online.