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Explosions in South Kazakhstan

On the evening of August 26, a fire broke out in one of the ammunition depots at the warehouse of military unit No. 28349 (engineer brigade) of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Kazakhstan, located in the village of Kainar, Bayzak district, Zhambyl (Dzhambul) region. This was followed by six explosions.

So far, more than 60 victims have been counted, who were taken to the city hospital No. 1 of the city of Taraz (Jambul). All roads to the scene of the incident were blocked, the population of the villages of Kainar, Zhibek Zholy, Ushbulak was evacuated, fire-fighting equipment and sappers are working.

Minister of Defense of the Republic of Kazakhstan arrived at the scene Nurlan Ermekbayev, Minister of Emergency Situations Yuri Ilyin and the Defense Ministry Commission under the leadership of the Deputy Minister Lieutenant General Ruslana Shpekbaeva… As the president said Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, a criminal case was opened in the case of the explosion.

The President asks to remain calm, and the military leadership reassures the population with a statement that the warehouses contained engineering ammunition, “which do not have a long range.”

In Taraz, after heated discussions on social networks, panic began, and residents began to leave even the regional center, although it is located far from the explosion site.

Already there are public statements that “the authorities cannot put things in order”, that “corruption at the top is to blame for everything” and that the explosions are “the damned legacy of the USSR”, hinting that arsenals appeared in South Kazakhstan during the Great Patriotic War. Previously, the ammunition to be eliminated was detonated, then a non-explosive method appeared.

The main arsenals of dangerous illiquid assets were located in the town of Arys. Explosions began there in 1943. The Big Bang was in 1945. On August 8, 2001, an explosion completely destroyed an ammunition depot in Tokrau near Balkhash. Then there were tens of thousands of mines, shells, aerial bombs, missiles for MLRS. The village was destroyed, the death toll was not reported, the cause of the emergency was not named. The military cleared the desert from unexploded ordnance within a radius of 20 kilometers for almost 10 years, and in 2009 two sappers were killed while searching.

On March 20, 2009, an explosion occurred in the warehouses of the Kazarsenal LLP research and production association, which was a private organization and was engaged in the disposal of ammunition. 4 people were killed, 17 were injured, the damage was estimated at 100 million tenge. The commission called the tragedy the systematic non-observance of safety rules and the lack of qualified personnel, since Kazarsenal LLP hired unemployed from among the local population. Someone was punished, scolded.

On June 8, 2009, in the village of Karaoi not far from Alma-Ata, a warehouse of the border unit of the KNB No. 2466 exploded. One soldier was killed, and his partner was blamed. The fire was extinguished for 3 days.

On August 27, 2013 in Otar, not far from Arys, during the disposal of blank shells, an explosion of 60 kg of gunpowder occurred. 4 people were killed. The reason is non-compliance with the recycling technology.

On June 28, 2014, an explosion occurred in Arys again, killing two people.

On November 8, 2015, at the blasting field of Kaztechnologii LLP near Arys, during the destruction of waste disposal, explosives detonated, a technologist of the Utilization Center branch died. Again a commission was set up, and again scapegoats were found.

On June 24, 2019, the arsenal of military unit No. 44856 in Arys exploded harder.

Two servicemen and a local resident were killed. Arys was badly destroyed, about 41 thousand people were evacuated. 4 months later, a sapper was killed while working on the destruction of ammunition.

Not so long ago, a verdict was passed in the case of the 2019 bombings in Arys. 16 people were tried, four were imprisoned. Then the Ministry of Defense promised to take out the ammunition away from the village. How the case ended is unknown. As they say, the ammunition was taken from Arys to the warehouses that exploded on August 26.

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