"The State Emergency Service received a report on fire and explosions at the 6th ammunition depot of the Ministry of Defense located near Druzhba village in the Ichnia district of the Chernihiv region at 3:40 on Oct. 9. The territory of the 6th arsenal is about 682.6 hectares including 402 hectares of the support area," the press office of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine said in a statement, Censor.NET reports.
Rescuers evacuated about 10,000 people from the danger zone.
"The airspace within a 20-km radius was closed at 4:22 a.m. Rail and road transportation was suspended," the agency said.
The incident command center has also been reportedly deployed. Units of the State Emergencies Service, the National Police and the National Guard have been put on alert. The Interior Ministry set up operational reserves from among the members of the National Police and the National Guard. An ambulance airplane and a helicopter as well as two Antonov AN32-P water-bombing aircraft are standing by.
The State Emergencies Service deployed 220 personnel and 60 pieces of equipment, 21 EOD squads consisting of 105 EOD experts with 39 pieces of equipment. 150 police officers from Kyiv and its larger area as well as 100 members of the National Guard have also been tasked to patrol the ammo dump vicinity on specialized armored vehicles.