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Posted by John William on May 08, 2004 at 12:11:14:

The recent Arms Depot blast near the city of Melitopol in Zaporozhye looks very disturbing and the repercusions for the region look grim.
A state of emergency has been declared in Melitopol - about 600km (370 miles) south-east of the capital Kiev - and authorities are telling people to stay indoors.
After erupting on wednesday it appears the authorities are no nearer controlling the Arms dump explosions as firefighters cannot tackle the fire until all the munitions have exploded.
Satellite pictures of the scene show it looking like a war zone.
Witnesses say the explosions sent flames up to 300 metres into the air and showered surrounding villages with burning debris.
A Spokesman for the state gas monopoly Naftohaz Dmytro Marunych said a Grad missile hit a natural-gas pipeline in the area, cutting off all gas supplies to the nearby city of Melitopol.

Anyone planning to visit the region would be best advised to reconsider their plans.




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