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Ukraine Live Day 593

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Tank Explodes at Ukrainian Army Base in Dnepropetrovsk; 4 Ukrainian Soldiers Injured
A tank exploded this evening on an army base in the village of Cherkasskoye in Dnepropetrovsk Region, injuring 4 Ukrainian soldiers, Unian.net reported.

The tank belonged to the Ukraine's 54th Brigade which had been deployed there from Konstantinovsky District in Donetsk Region on October 1, Hromadske TV reported.

According to Hromadske TV (translation by The Interpreter):

Witnesses report that the tank caught on fire about 17:00.  According to preliminary information, four servicemen were hurt and none were killed. After all 24 mortars in the tank exploded it spread to a round of ammunition next to it.



A soldiers of the 54th Brigade said they did not manage to put out the fire in time, which is why the ammunition exploded:

Somewhere at about 5:00 o'clock or just after five o'clock, the tank caught on fire. They couldn't manage to extinguish it in time, so they began dragging away from it other nearby vehicles -- the same kind of tanks, because they had rounds of ammunition in them. Later the tank's ammunition exploded. People came running from all over the training ground, since the shrapnel flew in a radius of about 200-300 meters. As a result several guys were hurt; they were burnt and suffered concussions when they tried to extinguish the tank. When the first mortar exploded, there was a shock wave from the explosion in the tank.


The reason for the fire has not been discovered.

Last week a tank caught on fire at a tank biathlon organized in Donetsk by the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic," killing one child and injuring another.

--  Catherine A. Fitzpatrick

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