: :inin Kyiv (EET)

NATO to assist in humanitarian demining in Balaklia, Kharkiv region

The Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Center has started procedures to provide assistance to Ukraine on humanitarian demining in Balaklia, where on Thursday a large-scale fire engulfed a military munitions depot and mass detonations ensued, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko wrote on Twitter.

”Grateful to NATO for rapid response to my request,” Poroshenko tweeted.

Earlier, overnight Thursday, March 23, a fire broke out at Ukraine`s largest munitions depot in Balaklia, Kharkiv region. Mass detonations led to an evacuation of nearly 20,000 residents of nearby settlements.

There were no casualties among the military, but a body of a civilian woman was discovered under the ruins.

Another two women are reported to be injured in the incident.

Poroshenko said that he instructed the Foreign Ministry, the Defense Ministry and the State Emergency Service ”to attract NATO assistance for humanitarian demining in Balaklia.”


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