Fires force evacuation of Moscow munitions depots: report

5th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

Wildfires around Moscow have forced the Russian defence ministry to order the evacuation of munitions from military depots around the capital, the Ria Novosti news agency reported on Thursday

"Because of the danger posed by fires in the region, and on the decision of the district military commander, artillery and missile munitions depots have been transferred to a secure site," a defence ministry spokesman said.

No details about the munitions involved were disclosed, but the Russian armed forces have already acknowledged that a naval air logistics base near Moscow had been destroyed by the ongoing inferno.

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