A fire tore through a major munitions depot in Ukraine on Tuesday, setting off artillery shells, forcing the closure of airspace for 50 kilometers around and the evacuation of residents, officials and reports said.
Ukraine's capability to secure its own weapons caches is under scrutiny, with military investigators revealing lax practices at the warehouse where a fire broke out. The blaze forced thousands of people to flee.
An explosive blaze at a Ukrainian munitions depot has been brought under control, according to Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman. He blamed "external factors" for the fire. Authorities evacuated 24,000 residents.
A series of explosions has hit a warehouse storing tank ammunition and other weapons in eastern Ukraine. The blasts sparked a massive fire, prompting the evacuation of surrounding villages.
The OSCE has reported nearly 3,000 explosions near the contact line, marking a notable increase in ceasefire violations. A new investigative report revealed Russian artillery attacks in 2014, undermining Moscow's claims.
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