Evacuated residents returned to Balakliia, - State Emergency Service

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No fires caused by exploding ammunition have been recorded in Balakliia city (the Kharkiv region) and nearby villages as of 8 p.m. March 27.

As reported by Censor.NET citing the press office of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, all explosive ordnance was removed from the city and villages located within in the dangerous zone. A total of 1,466 pieces of explosive ordnance have been disposed of since the beginning of the clearance operation.

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The energy supply in Balakliia and nearby settlements was restored (the energy generated by two power stations of the State Emergency Service is being delivered to Yakovenkove village on a scheduled basis). The gas supplies have been restored to half of customers in Balakliia. All the residents returned to the city from the temporary evacuation centers.

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On March 23, 2017, an emergency arose at the military ammunition depot of the Defense Ministry in 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.

According to the State Emergency Service, no fire was reported in Bakaliia and nearby settlements on March 25.