Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko has announced that skillful, coordinated, and "even heroic" actions of the military in Kalynivka, the Vinnytsia region allowed localizing and extinguishing the fire in the ammo depot in 16 hours.
Muzhenko wrote on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.
The chief of the General Staff believes that timely decisions made by the command allowed avoiding personnel and civilians losses. Seven tanks were involved in the fire fighting.
"Together with SBU, State Emergency Service, and National Police, the Armed Forces of Ukraine demonstrated coordination and professionalism in solving the problem. I am grateful for quick reaction and mutual support.
"Speaking of the emotional situation and hysteria. The adversary reminded that the war is underway. The key target for its attack are the Armed Forces as the foundation of the national security of Ukraine. There are people who want to shake the combat readiness and entirety of the Armed Forces," Muzhenko wrote.
He said these people want to convince the society that the command of the Armed Forces is not able to adequately react to threats and kill the trust in the army.
"For those who hasn't got it: blaming me and my subordinates of inactivity will fail. Finding punching bags will fail. To command the Armed Forces, there is a strict vertical led by the supreme commander," he wrote.
As reported, on Sept. 26 at around 10 p.m., State Emergency Service was reported of ammunition explosions in the military depot of the Defense Ministry in Kalynivka village. A Censor.NET source said that the explosions were heard in the village, and ammo was seen flying over the depot. The Kalynivka depot is more than 1,000 ha and packed with ammunition of various types.
As of 10 a.m. Sept. 27, more than 30,000 people have been evacuated. For that purpose, 50 buses, 10 ambulances, and Emergency Service psychologists were involved. Two people were traumatized and taken to hospitals.
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