Russian munitions explode
October 9 2012 at 07:22pm
By Anna Smolchenko
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File photo - An unexploded mortar shell.
Moscow - Four thousand tonnes of old munitions blew up at a military site in central Russia on Tuesday, releasing a plume of white smoke into the sky and sending panicked locals fleeing for their lives.
The Donguz military range 30 kilometres (18 miles) south of the city of Orenburg in the Ural mountains region caught fire after the old munitions unexpectedly exploded, the emergency and defence ministries said.
A total of 4 000 tonnes of outdated munitions including 400 tonnes of aerial bombs and more than 1 300 tonnes of shells exploded, a spokeswoman for the chief military investigative directorate, Yevgeniya Maltseva, told AFP.
The Russian military has a huge stockpile of outdated munitions that are poorly maintained and frequently explode, causing casualties and deaths.
Last July, more than 20,000 people had to be evacuated and dozens were injured when a fire at a munitions depot in the Volga region of Udmurtia triggered a succession of explosions and sent a fireball blazing into the sky.
The regional government said officials were assessing the damage from the blasts in three villages close to the military range as well as in Orenburg.
Fifty-seven nonprofits operating in Russia, from human rights watchdogs to HIV/AIDS prevention groups, are set to lose out on millions of dollars in U.S. government grants following the Kremlin’s decision to kick out USAID, which was announced last month.
The Foreign Ministry said USAID used grants to try to influence Russian politics, including elections and civil society institutions.
Like many NGOs, election monitor Golos, whose reports of violations during the State Duma elections in December helped spark massive street protests, has reacted with a mix of defiance and disappointment.
“We will continue monitoring [elections] no matter what,” Golos said in a statement at the time.
Originally posted by jimmysinger
reply to post by JBA2848
The US has no reason to screw with Russia like you are speculating. We've got the Middle East blowing up on us, China is taking over the world, the war on drugs actually turned into a real 'war' a few hours south of me, gas is at an all time high in California, the GOP is rallying behind a candidate with Swiss bank accounts, Israel is itching to bomb Iran and drag us into a #storm, etc....
Originally posted by allenidaho
The United States would not be involved unless they are backing the Chechens. Which wouldn't make much sense.
The separatists operating in the region are pretty much the only viable threat Russia currently has.