The Insider: Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, fires have occurred at 6 facilities of the military-industrial complex and the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.
Officially, this is explained by violations of fire safety
The Insider.ru has put together a list and photos of the fires that have been occurring across Russia, specifically tied to the military-industrial complex and Russia’s Ministry of Defence. I am reposting this from Russian.
May 21, 2022 15:01
Fires have been occurring at the facilities of the Military-Industrial Complex (MIC) of the Russian Ministry of Defense since the beginning of the war in Ukraine. The causes of fires are called violations of fire safety rules, in some cases, even preliminary versions are not disclosed. The Insider has collected all the incidents at military-industrial complex facilities in recent months.
TsAGI in the Moscow region
The last such case was reported on the morning of May 21: a fire broke out on the territory of the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) named after Zhukovsky in the Moscow region. The specialists of this institute participated in the creation of the Angara and Proton-M launch vehicles and the Bulava-30 ballistic missile.
According to the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the fire occurred at a transformer substation on an area of 30 square meters. meters and it was extinguished almost immediately, there was no information about the victims. The cause of the fire was not named by the Ministry of Emergency Situations. Videos of the fire appeared on Telegram channels.
The main activities of TsAGI are the aerodynamics of aircraft, helicopters, rockets, and other aircraft, the aerodynamics of aircraft power plants, flight dynamics and aircraft control systems, the strength of aircraft structures, and structural power schemes of aircraft, etc.
Powder factory in Perm
On the evening of May 1, a fire broke out in Perm at a gunpowder factory, where charges are made for Grad and Smerch multiple launch rocket systems, air defense systems, and other means of combat. Before the fire, locals heard an explosion. RIA Novosti reported two dead, another person was injured, and he was hospitalized.
Presumably, products caught fire at production site No. 12 of Plastmassy. The circumstances of the incident are being investigated by a special commission.
Central Research Institute of East Kazakhstan in Tver
On April 21, a fire was reported at the Central Research Institute of the Aerospace Defense Forces (TsNII VKO) in Tver, 17 people died, and about 30 people were injured.
The fire started on the second floor of the building, but quickly spread through the wooden floors and engulfed the top three floors of the four. The staff of the scientific institution was evacuated. As a result of the fire, the roof collapsed over the entire area of the building. It was previously reported that the cause of the fire was the emergency operation of the power grid, and the late call of firefighters could lead to the spread of fire over a large area.
As TASS reported, citing a source in the emergency services, firefighters at the Central Research Institute were called an hour and a half after the fire: “The fire was reported to the Ministry of Emergency Situations at 11:08 in the morning. However, the fire itself occurred around 09:30. At first, they tried to extinguish it on their own,” the source said.
On the fact of the fire, a criminal case was initiated under Part 3 of Art. 219 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Violation of fire safety requirements, negligently resulting in the death of two or more persons”), military investigators are investigating the case.
Object of the Ministry of Defense in the Belgorod region
On May 1, the governor of the Belgorod region, Vyacheslav Gladkov, announced a fire in the region on the territory of one of the objects of the Russian Ministry of Defense.
“On the border of three municipalities - Borisov and Belgorod districts and Yakovlevsky urban district - a fire broke out on the territory of one of the objects of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. Information about the victims and destruction is being specified”
Numerous reports appeared on social networks that an ammunition depot was blown up near the village of Streletskoye and the village of Tomarovka. fonar.tv Deputy Editor-in-Chief Nikita Parmenov, in a conversation with The Insider, said that, according to the publication, a military warehouse is on fire. Ukrainian and pro-Russian Telegram channels published videos showing helicopters flying near the explosion site. On the same day, traffic was blocked in Belgorod on the bridge across the Seversky Donets.
A few days earlier, on April 27, Gladkov reported on his Telegram channel several sounds of explosions in the region. Later that day, he reported that an ammunition depot near the village of Staraya Nelidovka in the Belgorod region caught fire.
“I just got in touch with the head of the Golovinsky rural settlement, Denis Zolotukhin. Near the village of Staraya Nelidovka, according to preliminary information, an ammunition depot is on fire.”
Another explosion at an ammunition depot occurred near the village of Krasny Oktyabr, Belgorod Region, on March 29. According to Izvestia, four servicemen were injured and were hospitalized.
Fires at oil depots
In addition, since the beginning of the war in Russia, there have been fires at oil depots. So, on April 1, there was a strong fire at the Rosneft oil depot in Belgorod. According to the governor of the region Vyacheslav Gladkov, the Ukrainian Armed Forces are behind the fire. At first, Gladkov stated that two employees of the base were injured and nothing threatened their lives, later he clarified that there were no victims.
On April 25, it became known about a fire at the Transneft-Druzhba oil depot in Bryansk. The head of the TFR Alexander Bastrykin instructed to investigate the circumstances of the fire. The General Staff and the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine did not comment on the explosions. Then RIA Novosti reported that two residents of the street located near the burning tank farm heard two explosions. The agency claims that they answered in the negative to the question of whether they saw helicopters flying over the oil depot. The founder of CIT, Ruslan Leviev, referring to geolocation data noted by local residents, argued that the fires originated on the territory of the military unit.
The Ministry of Defense does not comment on the course of investigations and does not name the exact causes of fires at facilities. However, on April 13, the official representative of the Russian Defense Ministry, Major General Igor Konashenkov, made a statement that the Russian Armed Forces would strike at the headquarters and main government bodies of Ukraine if sabotage continued on Russian territory. What kind of sabotage the Ministry of Defense has in mind, he did not specify.
“We see attempts of sabotage and strikes by Ukrainian troops on objects on the territory of the Russian Federation. If such incidents continue, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation will strike at decision-making centers, including in Kyiv, which the Russian army has so far refrained from doing.”
On April 27, Advisor to the President of Ukraine Mikhail Podolyak commented on his Telegram channel on what is happening in the border regions of Russia:
“The Belgorod, Voronezh, Kursk regions are now also beginning to actively study such a concept as “demilitarization”. Disarmament. In these Russian regions, large fuel bases periodically burn, providing fuel for the armored vehicles of the Russian army, and ammunition depots explode. For different reasons. And they do it more and more actively.
How to explain it? Very simple. If you (Russians) decide to massively attack another country, massively kill everyone there, massively crush peaceful people with tanks, and use warehouses in your regions to ensure the killings, then sooner or later the debts will have to be repaid. With such an intensity and volume of the Russian military invasion of Ukraine, it will not be possible to sit out. And therefore, the disarmament of the Belgorod-Voronezh warehouses of murderers is an absolutely natural, natural process. Karma is a cruel thing.
And again, I repeat: the reasons for the destruction of the military infrastructure of the border areas can be completely different. Up to ... divine intervention in the affairs of sinners who massively killed people in Ukrainian Mariupol during Holy Week.