Poltorak assured that explosions in Balakleya not caused significant damage to the defense capability of Ukraine

Полторак заверил, что взрывы в Балаклее не нанесли значительного ущерба обороноспособности Украины

The explosions at the ammunition depot in the Kharkiv region did not cause significant damage to the defense capability of Ukraine, said at the briefing, which was broadcast channel “112 Ukraine”, the Minister of defence Stepan Poltorak.

The Minister has linked the events with a hybrid war with Russia waged against Ukraine.

“I would like to emphasize that all this proceeds as part of the hybrid war of Russia against Ukraine. By the way, this is not the first case of sabotage on our facilities of strategic importance. In December 2015 such was the case in Balakliya at these stores. Then we clear action, it was night, I saw in a timely manner because there was a fire, worked, and warned of such consequences. Unfortunately, today there were explosions, and they are ongoing. In addition, I would like to convey to you the information of the previous that a considerable damage to the defense capability of the country, these explosions did not cause”, – said the head of the defense Ministry.

“We have a very friendly country – Russia. I think, first and foremost, it can be representatives who help terrorist groups and carry out combat missions, and we are today counted in the zone of the ATO to 4.5 thousand personnel of the regular forces of the Russian Federation, well and, of course, representatives of terrorist groups “DNR” and “LNR”, – he added.

News on topic: Fire and explosions at an ammunition depot in Balakleya continued, burning a third of the Arsenal, – Poltorak

As reported in g. Balakleya, Kharkov region tonight there was an explosion with subsequent burning in a large military warehouse. Part of the population of Balakley, as well as residents of nearby villages within the area of possible defeat, evacuate. The cause of the explosion, according to preliminary data, is a diversion.

Later, due to extraordinary events in the Kharkiv region, the State border service has strengthened the protection of the Eastern border.

Within a radius of 40 km from burning warehouses in Kharkiv region has banned flights. At the emergency flew the Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman.

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