There was a massive explosion and fire at a Ukrainian missile depot, a place in the Kharkiv region that was a military arsenal that seemed to hold most of the army’s weapons. The explosion resulted in one death and 20,000 being forced to evacuate the city, as officials try to clean up and figure out what happened.
Ukraine’s chief military prosecutor, Anatolii Matios went on Facebook to make claims that the fire was caused by sabotage, with a war being fought in the area between Russian separatists and nationalist Ukrainians. Many chimed in to agree with him, that this was not caused by something natural.
The official reason for the explosion according to police (so far) was that a drone was dropped onto the area which triggered the explosion.
Global News has more:
The body of the 66-year old woman was found in a house that had been hit by a shell in a town near the depot in Balaklia, Ukraine’s State Emergency Service minister Mykola Chechetkin told lawmakers Friday.
Local reports also said a 54-year-old woman was injured after being struck in the head with shrapnel
Ukraine’s Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has flown to the area to monitor the blaze, which is still continuing, but its intensity had lessened.
Ukrainian officials have accused Russian or separatist saboteurs of causing the fire with the aid of a drone. Separatists deny the claim and say it likely was caused by what they call Ukrainian military incompetence.
The arsenal holds large-calibre artillery rounds and is one of Ukraine’s largest.
Kharkiv lies just north of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, where Ukrainian troops have been fighting Russia-backed separatists. The conflict has killed more than 9,800 since April 2014.