THOUSANDS of Ukrainians were evacuated yesterday when a military ammunition dump caught fire, triggering huge explosions.
Authorities evacuated 30,000 people from the town of Kalynivka, 120 miles southwest of the capital Kiev, and turned off the electricity and gas supply after the depot at a military base there caught fire late on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman suggested foul play, saying Ukraine was at war and that it expects that its enemies “will do all they can to make us weak.”
Ukrainian security service spokesman Olena Gitlyanska said it was treating the fire as sabotage.
Yesterday’s fire and blasts were not the first since the 2014 Maidan Square coup and ensuing civil war.
In March this year thousands of tons of ammunition blew up at a store in eastern Kharkov.
And in June 2015 several firefighters died in a huge fire at a fuel depot near Kiev.