Ukraine ’s chief military prosecutor ruled out foreign sabotage yesterday in a massive fire at an ammunition depot that forced the evacuation of thousands of people.
Both Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman and Ukrainian Security Service spokesman Olena Gitlyanska said they suspected sabotage by Ukraine’s “enemies” on Wednesday.
But Anatoliy Matios denied that, saying investigators were probing negligence, abuse of power or sabotage by those authorised to handle the munitions.
Mr Matios also said investigators discovered that the fire alarm at the depot wasn’t working and that its security force was understaffed.
“Neither the investigators, nor the security service, nor any law enforcement agencies found any groups of saboteurs in the Vinnytsia region that people are talking about on Facebook,” he said.
The fire at the military base in Kalynivka broke out on Tuesday night, setting off a series of explosions in 188,000 tons of munitions and prompting the evacuation of 30,000 people. It was still burning yesterday.