Support The Moscow Times!

Siberian Ammo Depot Explosions Killed 1 and Wounded 32, Officials Say

Olga Khalmanova / Screenshot OSA TV

A series of explosions that rocked a Russian ammo depot in Siberia has injured a total of 32 people over the past week in addition to one death, authorities have said.

Explosions ripped through the site last Monday, killing one, injuring 13 and prompting the authorities to evacuate 16,000 residents from nearby areas in the Krasnoyarsk region. A senior Russian Defense Ministry official named “human error” as the preliminary cause before the second set of blasts, said to be caused by a lightning strike, injured five more people Friday.

“The overall number of victims from ammunition explosions at the military unit totals 33 people,” the Krasnoyarsk region’s health administration said Monday.

Three victims remain hospitalized at the Achinsk district hospital, it added.

Read more

The need for honest and objective information on Russia is more relevant now than ever before!

To keep our newsroom in Moscow running, we need your support.