It must really suck to live in Siberia. Between the bone-crushing cold of the Siberian winter to hearing the soul-crushing verdict of “Send him to Siberia”, few things could make life worse.
But in true (dreary) Russian fashion, they somehow managed to make Siberia even more bleak than it already is.
Depending on who you listen to, there are a slew of reasons as to why tens of thousands of artillery shells at a Russian Army ammunition depot located outside of the city of Achinsk keep blowing up.
For the benefit of those not up to speed on their Siberian geography, Achinsk isn’t far from Sukhobuzimskoye, but actually closer to Novochernorechenskiy. Color me helpful.
Anyhow, the Moscow government-controlled TASS news service blames the seemingly nonstop series of explosions on the following;
~ A fire that somehow got out of control
~ Human error
~ Standard bomb disposal operation gone south in a hurry
With all that bad news hitting the average Achinskiak all at once, there is one, tiny glimmer of hope.
As reported by the Russian Vestnik Kavkaza news portal, regional governor Alexander Uss recently toured Ground Zero;
“Luckily, no extensive damage was caused,” he said. “The situation in the village [the Kamenka settlement located closest to the ammo depot] is fine. According to preliminary data, three wooden buildings were seriously damaged, windows and doors in houses were shattered… However, it would be wrong to say that Kamenka has been wiped off from the face of the earth,” Uss noted.
For those not quite comforted by Gov. Uss’ reassurances, there’s always the consoling words from Russian Deputy Defense Minister Dmitry Bulgakov;
“I have visited the depot myself, as well as the nearby residential area, I also went to the technical zone and addressed all issues. There are some windows that need repairs but everything else is intact, all cars are safe,” Bulgakov said.
I don’t know about you, but I feel a damn sight better.