The pyrotechnic subdivisions of the State Service for Emergency Situations of Ukraine will fully complete the cleanup of the territory of the military unit in Lozova, Kharkiv region, and former military units of the 275th artillery base in Novobohdanivka, Zaporizhia region, by the end of 2013, director of the Department of Response to Emergency Situations Hryhoriy Marchenko said, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

“It was an extremely complicated task. We acquired invaluable experience. I’m deeply convinced that there are currently no better trained people to fulfill such tasks than our pyrotechnic experts, not only in the CIS, but also in Europe,” he said.

Marchenko said the pyrotechnic experts who came to work in Novobohdanivka had undergone only military training.

“They were not trained to dispose of modern artillery shells that logically should have exploded during use. And here we have a situation that the shells were activated as a result of the explosion, but some of them did not explode. The issue concerned about tens of millions of shells. This means that of this amount hundreds of thousands of shells of the so-called second category did not explode. The shells were scattered in a radius of 20 kilometers from this base,” he said.

“In 2006, it was decided that the disposal work would be conducted by the forces of the former Ministry of Emergency Situations of Ukraine. Some 36,600 tonnes [of ammunition] have been cleared in Novobohdanivka since then. This is equivalent to 610 60-tonne wagons. These munitions were cleared within two years,” Marchenko said.

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