Why do Ukraine’s arms dumps keep exploding?


[Editor’s note: We have been aware of the disturbing number of arms depots that have caught on fire an exploded in Ukraine in recent years, so many that the odds of this being anything other than deliberate destruction are astronomical. In short, someone is setting Ukraine’s arms depots on fire with alarming frequency.

Why is this happening? The answer is simple – to cover up the wholesale theft of arms from Ukraine, arms that later turn up in the hands of fake terror groups like ISIS. Ukraine blames Russia for these incidents of arson, but of course, they always blame Russia; truth is, the Ukrainians are fully complicit in this crime, it is just another aspect of the wholesale theft of Ukraine’s resources and wealth that has been going on for 30 years now, since the Soviet Union fell.

There is a more disturbing aspect to this case though, and it makes a mockery of the official tales of disarmament an destruction of nuclear weapons arsenals in the wake of the fall of  the Soviet Union. In the 1990s, Ukraine signed a nuclear non-proliferation treaty and voluntarily disarmed itself of nuclear weapons, as international inspection teams toured their weapons stockpiles and monitored the process of removing and shipping off for destruction, of the nuclear warheads.

All the big stuff, the hundred of kilotonnes and megatonne class weapons, the sort of thing you hurl at the enemy atop a long range ballistic missile, those were all disposed of under the watchful gaze of the inspectors and often, Western TV crews. However, the Ukraine also possessed huge numbers of far smaller, tactical class nukes, the sort of thing you would use on a battlefield and ideal for clandestine use.

Many of those Ukrainian mini nukes simply disappeared, most of them were squirrelled away in various depots around Ukraine, secretly kept for future use or, more likely, future highly profitable sale. These hidden, secret nukes were a tempting target for groups who might put a tactical nuke to good use, and inevitably, several were stolen. This is the likely source of the mini nukes that have been used covertly in the Middle East in recent years, such as the Baghdad marketplace bombing on Eid and multiple times in Syria, Damascus being hit more than once.

The destruction of the arms depots by fire is simply the thieves covering their tracks, destroying the evidence of their theft. On at least one occasion in the last couple of years, we believe, based on video footage of the explosion, that a Ukrainian arms dump was completely obliterated by the explosion of a mini nuke in the sub-10 kilotonne class, such an explosion is guaranteed to destroy the evidence of theft.

So ignore the ‘Russia did it’ narrative being pushed by the Ukrainians and the compliant Western media, the people who did it are criminals working for the international crime cabal that created ISIS, that overthrew the Ukrainian government on the Maidan four years ago, that installed Trump in the White House. These Ukrainian ammo dump explosions are an indicator that they are still preparing for further violence, why else would they need to steal weapons and ammunition in huge quantities? Ian]

Cases of explosions in ammunition depots in Ukraine

Since 2003, 12 such incidents have been reported.

On October 9, 2018 around 03:30 Moscow time, explosions and fire occurred at the 6th arsenal of the command of the support forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (APU) in the city of Ichnya in the Chernihiv region. About 10 thousand people were evacuated from the zone of possible damage. 63 injured turned to medical facilities “because of the smoke.”

The editorial staff of TASS-DOSSIER compiled a chronology of cases of explosions and fires in the military warehouses of Ukraine. Since 2003, a total of 12 such incidents have been reported (including an emergency on October 9, 2018). Of these, three occurred at the 275th ammunition storage base in Novobogdanovka, Zaporozhye region.

On October 10, 2003, a fire broke out in the united warehouses of the 52nd mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the south-western part of Artyomovsk (now Bakhmut, Donetsk region), which led to explosions of ammunition. Two people were injured, including a 15-year-old schoolgirl. The bombings continued for a day, more than 1.5 thousand inhabitants were evacuated. With the help of a fire tank, it was possible to prevent the fire of the storage facility where the missiles to the Grad system were located; this actually saved the city. The fire occurred due to unauthorized welding work that was carried out by two warrant officers of the base in order to steal metal.

On May 6, 2004, on the territory of the 275th artillery ammunition storage base in the village of Novobogdanovka, Melitopol district, Zaporozhye region, a warehouse burst into flames and exploded. The fire managed to be localized only on May 19. As a result, five people were killed (including three sappers), dozens of people were injured, civilian and military buildings were destroyed, the Fedorovka railway junction station was completely destroyed. In 2008, in the case of negligence, theft of military property and forgery, the head of the unit, Lieutenant Colonel Sergey Lilov and conscript Oleg Selin were sentenced to six years in prison.

On February 23, 2005, ammunition in the artillery warehouses of the 275th storage base in Novobogdanovka began to explode due to a fire. The fire arose due to overheating of the smoke mine in the sun and was localized a few hours after the occurrence. As a result of the accident, one person died – a local resident who received fatal wounds from shrapnel.

On May 6, 2005, a fire broke out in the warehouses of the 47th arsenal of the Central Rocket and Artillery Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine in the Slavuta district of the Khmelnitsky region. The fire caused 50 carriages of anti-aircraft and artillery shells to explode. Nine military personnel were injured.

On August 19, 2006, on the territory of the 275th base in Novobogdanovka, a fire occurred at the site for the temporary storage of shells. Six servicemen suffered. The fire was eliminated on August 21.

On August 27, 2008, as a result of a fire at the 61st arsenal of the Southern Operational Command of the Ground Forces of Ukraine, several thousand tons of ammunition, including tactical missiles for Luna-M complexes, artillery and tank shells, were destroyed in the town of Lozovaya, Kharkiv region. The explosions stopped only on 9 September. Were destroyed several houses in Lozovoy and nearby settlements, one person was injured. The court found guilty of the state of emergency, but then pardoned the commander of the arsenal, Alexei Polyakov, and his deputy, Alexander Zaiku (it was established that they had not ordered the disposal of the dump, which had spread fire to the warehouses). According to Poliakov, his subordinates could set fire to the dump in order to hide the shortage of ammunition.

October 29, 2015 there was a fire at a warehouse in the village of Svatovo, Lugansk region, where about 3.5 thousand tons of ammunition for Grad, Smerch and Uragan multiple rocket launchers were stored. The fire area only on the territory of a military facility amounted to about 9 thousand square meters. As a result of the incident, more than 50 people were injured, four died. Several dozen apartment buildings received serious damage. The cause of the fire, according to the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine, was the negligence of officials.

March 23, 2017 in the Balakleevsky district of the Kharkiv region of Ukraine at the 65th missile and artillery arsenal (designed to store 150 thousand tons of ammunition), a fire occurred, followed by detonation of ammunition. Nearly 20 thousand people were evacuated from the zone of possible damage. As a result, the emergency woman died, five more people were injured. The explosions ended on March 28th. According to the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak, the cause of the incident could be a diversion. At the same time, the opposition expressed the view that the explosion could have been organized to conceal the theft of weapons. Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on National Security and Defense Sergey Pashinsky told reporters that as a result of the fire, Ukraine lost $ 1 billion worth of ammunition.

On September 22, 2017, a fire broke out on the territory of a military warehouse on the territory of a military unit in the village of Novoyanisol near Mariupol (Donetsk region of Ukraine). There were no dead and injured, six households were damaged. According to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, a deliberate arson by unknown civilians of dry grass, committed near the territory of the unit, caused the fire. On September 23, the fire was extinguished; on September 24, the sappers completed de-mining of the warehouse and adjacent territory.

September 26, 2017 in the village of Kalinovka (Vinnitsa region of Ukraine) explosions occurred and a fire broke out in the warehouses of the 48th Arsenal of the Armed Forces of Ukraine where 188 thousand tons of ammunition (10 thousand standard cars) were stored on an area of ​​60 hectares fire “Tornado”, “Hurricane” and “Grad”. More than 30 thousand people were evacuated from populated areas of Kalinovsky and Vinnitsa districts, the airspace was closed, highways and railways were blocked. The incident injured two people.

On May 3, 2018, on the territory of the technical site of the military warehouse in Balaklei (Kharkiv region of Ukraine), where the territory was cleared and de-mined from the remnants of ammunition that did not explode after the 2017 fire, a new fire occurred. Its area was 35 hectares, it was recorded at least 40 explosions of shells. About 1,500 local residents were evacuated from Balakliya. According to the police, as a result of the incident there were no victims. On May 8, the fire was completely extinguished.

Attorney General insists on sabotage as the main reason for the explosion of the arsenal near Chernigov

The version of negligence is no longer considered, stressed Yuriy Lutsenko

The version of negligence, which could lead to fire and explosions at the arsenal of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine in the Chernihiv region, is no longer considered, the main version remains sabotage. This was announced on Wednesday by the country’s Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko.

“The version of negligence in Chernigov has disappeared since yesterday after the testimony of servicemen. The most likely version is sabotage,” he said at a briefing in Kiev.

According to Lutsenko, cited by UNN, the situation is similar to the one that was previously with similar emergencies in warehouses in Kharkiv and Vinnytsia regions, where sabotage was also considered as the main versions of the investigation based on collected evidence.

However, Lutsenko said that the head of the ammunition depot near Ichnya, Chernihiv region, was dismissed a month ago for “improper counter-sabotage work.” “In August, on the territory of the base, they were checked for counter-diversionary measures and found that such measures were not carried out by the warehouse management, after which the head of the base was dismissed,” the prosecutor general said. However, he did not specify whether a new one was appointed after that.

On the night of Tuesday at the arsenal in the area of ​​the settlement Ichnya Chernihiv region of Ukraine began a fire and explosions of ammunition. According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, there are no dead as a result of the incident, 63 people asked for help because of poisoning by burning products. The zone of probable damage is about 16 km, about 30 settlements get into it, more than 12 thousand people have been evacuated. Airspace is closed within a radius of 30 km above Icney. A criminal case under the article “Careless attitude of a serviceman to the service, entailing serious consequences.”

Even on Tuesday, in Kiev, they talked about three possible versions of what had happened: sabotage, violation of fire safety and ammunition storage rules, deliberate arson or undermining in order to conceal a shortage of ammunition.

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  1. Well,nothing to add here – the situation is obvious. Steal, sell and conceal the tracks.
    Several days ago we had a video from DPR (Donetsk Peoples Republic). The military of DNR shot on video the process where Ukrainian soldiers came to the border and sold 2 MANPADS $1000 per each to their enemies – Donbas army soldiers. The huge arsenals in Ukraine, left from the USSR were enough to make another world war. So, their weapons we can see in all hottest spots in the world.

  2. An interesting aspect is that this depot was a major storage site for BUK SAM systems. As these are not a normal black market supply item there may be other pressures at work.

    It can surely only be a total coincidence that just 3 or so weeks after Russia submitted to the MH-17 Dutch inquiry its info on Buk serial numbers etc, that this event wipes out large numbers of similar missiles plus all the paperwork covering their supply history. Whilst there seems to have been a NATO inspection at the site a week ago the investigators from The Hague had yet to check the paperwork.

    Given the hardware destroyed, Kiev must have really wanted to hide something. Given that their target was probably the paperwork maybe destroying those missiles, which they may need one day, gives them plausible deniability?

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