Photo by Kharkiv Media Hub: the spokesman of the Main Department of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine in the Kharkiv region, Yevhen Vasylenko
December 13, 2023, 22:15

“Over the past week, there were two fatal road accidents in the region, as a result of which six people died,” Yevhen Vasylenko

On Monday, December 11, the spokesman of the Main Department of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine in the Kharkiv region, Yevhen Vasylenko, spoke about the operational situation that developed in the Kharkiv region last week: from December 4 to 10.

According to the speaker, during the specified period, units of the Kharkiv Garrison of the State Emergency Service carried out 152 departures under the “Alarm” signal, 69 of which were related to the occurrence of fires: 61 – domestic and eight – due to enemy fire. The rest of the rescuers’ trips were made to help the population, eliminate road accidents, help drivers who found themselves in difficult weather conditions, and examine the consequences of enemy shelling.

In the period from December 4 to 10, more than 349 explosive objects were neutralized by the sappers of the State Emergency Service.

During the past week, the representatives of the consolidated detachment of the State Emergency Service continued to inspect and demine the de-occupied and injured as a result of hostilities in the territory of the Kharkiv region. Since the beginning of the great war, 32 pyrotechnic units of rescuers and 70 units of special equipment have surveyed more than four thousand hectares of territories, of which more than 100 hectares — with the help of mechanized demining machines; almost 300 km of highways, about three thousand kilometers of power lines, more than 150 km of railway tracks and 200 km of gas pipelines, about four thousand households, almost 86 thousand ammunition and other dangerous objects were discovered and neutralized. The speaker noted that the weather conditions last week contributed to further demining operations.

According to Yevhen Vasylenko, from December 4 to 10, there were no cases of casualties among civilians due to the detonation of unknown devices.

“However, we still appeal to all residents of the Kharkiv region with a reminder to observe safety measures when detecting any suspicious objects. If you find a dangerous find, do not touch it with your hands, move to a safe distance, call 101, 112, or 102, and report the found object.”

The spokesman of the Main Department of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine in the Kharkiv region said that during the specified period, the rescuers of the Kharkiv region went eight times to fires related to enemy shelling in the villages of Brovarya, Kozacha Lopan, also to Chuhuiv, and around Kharkiv.

“On December 7, as a result of a mass attack on the city of Kharkiv in the Shevchenkivsky district, a garage near a residential high-rise with a total area of 15 square meters was on fire, residential buildings were damaged, as well as about 26 cars. Rescuers promptly eliminated the fire,” Vasylenko noted.

As a result of domestic fires, four people died in the region last week, two people were injured. They were provided with qualified medical assistance.

With this in mind, during the briefing, the spokesperson of the Department of Emergency Services of Ukraine in the Kharkiv region paid attention to life support and fire safety measures. The official noted that it is not recommended to use stoves, gasoline, gas, and diesel generators in high-rise apartments, as well as to store gas containers.

“Follow the rules of safe use when using gas and stove heating, as well as safety measures when handling backup power sources. In the event of an emergency or fire, call 101 or 112,” Mr. Vasylenko said.

The speaker also said that on December 4, in the city of Kharkiv, during emergency work by gas service workers on an underground gas pipeline, a landslide occurred, as a result of which two men ended up under a layer of earth. 32 rescuers from six departments of the State Emergency Service with the help of special equipment removed the bodies of the dead from under a layer of soil.

In addition, Yevhen Vasylenko said that two fatal traffic accidents occurred in the region during the specified period. On December 7, on the Kyiv – Kharkiv – Dovzhanskyi highway, as a result of a collision between three cars, six people died and five more were injured. On December 10, two people died and two more were injured in a car accident on the Kharkiv ring road in the “Ekopark” area.

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