The situation in Chernihiv region makes us remember that we live amid aggression, claims Volodymyr Groysman
Information and Communication Department of the Secretariat of the CMU, posted 10 October 2018 11:35

The emergency situation occurred at the arms depots of military unit  of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine in the Ichnia district of Chernihiv region makes all of us  remember that the country lives in the conditions of aggression, thus it is impossible to exclude any versions of what has happened. This was stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman during the Government sitting. The Head of Government  emphasized that he is waiting for the preliminary results of investigation of the causes of the fire, but now there exist obvious attempts to spread fake news and panic among the population, including  through information aggression.

"Explosions at the ammunition depot forces us  to understand that we live amid aggression ... And we see another kind of aggression - informational. Every minute, people  hear huge scope of misinformation. Fake messages, attempts to fuel tensions and spread panic. This accident requires our coordinated actions to ensure that the main thing is to prevent the victims. All activities are carried out in full coordination. It is a challenge for us and one that has to unite us", Volodymyr Groysman emphasized.

The Prime Minister noted that now it is of utmost importance to shortly bring a fire under control, to begin demining activities, to ensure safety in every house and  to help to restore destroyed facilities.

"And it is necessary to draw clear conclusions  designed to ensure the safety of stocks", the Head of Government added.

Background

According to the State Emergency Service (SES), as of the morning of October 10, the situation at  the ammo depot of military unit  of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine in the Ichnia district of Chernihiv region remains complicated, and there is still some smokiness over the depot territory, and detonation of ammunition continues. No casualties have been reported following the fire and explosions at the Ministry of Defense's ammunition depot.

About 12,000 people have already been evacuated from the zone of possible impact, including 4, 300 people have been evacuated due to deployed evacuation points.

The SES has assigned 110 rescuers and 40 vehicles to deal with the situation.

The response group of the State Emergency Service and operational headquarters are working at the site of the emergency.