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Ukraine Update: Explosions at depot in Balakliia, Kharkivska oblast No.1 | 24 March 2017 [EN/UK]


  • On 23 March, explosions at a military warehouse in Balakliia caused at least two civilian casualties (one fatality) and damage to civilian infrastructure and residential buildings within 10 km of the site. Detonations are expected to continue for up to a week.
  • The State Emergency Services and volunteers supported evacuation of more than 20,000 people who left the area to other villages in Kharkivska oblast. Some people already started to return.
  • A 40-km radius “No fly zone” has been established over the affected area. Railroad and motorway communications have been diverted.
  • Depending on the time it will take for people to return, the scale and the potential environmental impact of the incident, rapid mobilization of additional resources, technical expertise and support may be required.
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
24 Mar 2017
Document type: 
Situation Report