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Ammunition stockpiles explode again in Ukraine


KIEV, July 25 (RIA Novosti) - The Zaporozhsk Military Prosecutor's Office has started criminal investigations into a fire that caused an explosion in the Novobogdanovka military stockpiles in southwestern Ukraine.

According to Novosti-Ukraina, the General Prosecutor's Office said Monday that criminal investigations are underway into infringements of military code and the rules of handling military stockpiles and explosive substances.

The fire broke out at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. A similar fire had occurred nearby on May 6 2004.

The 2004 fire caused an explosion of firearms. According to official data, 5 people died, 4 were seriously injured and another 81 were hospitalized. The fire was not fully extinguished until May 19.

The recent fire, although it caused no casualties, brought the Moskva-Simferopol railroad line to a standstill, delaying trains for more than 24 hours and redirecting them through Kiev.

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