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Ukraine requires NATO help to clear Balakliya mines – president

The president instructed relevant offices accordingly.

Ukraine requires NATO help to clear Balakliya mines – president
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President Petro Poroshenko has instructed the Foreign Ministry, the Defence Ministry and the State Emergencies Service to urgently request NATO assistance to humanitarian mine clearance in Balakliya, Kharkiv Region.

A fire broke out on the territory of Ukraine's largest arms depot in Balakliya, Kharkiv Region last night. It caused the detonation of 125-mm tank shells and 152-mm artillery shells. Military prosecutors suspect this was an act of sabotage.

Around 20,000 people were evacuated from Balakliya and neighbouring villages.