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Explosion in Chernihiv: 15 people turned for medical help, 8 of them children

Sunday, 4 September 2022, 17:30
Explosion in Chernihiv: 15 people turned for medical help, 8 of them children

KATERYNA TYSHCHENKO – SUNDAY, 4 SEPTEMBER 2022, 17:30

As a result of an explosion at the military exhibition in Chernihiv on 3 September, 15 people turned for medical help; 8 of them are children.

Source: Viacheslav Chaus, the Head of Chernihiv Oblast Military Administration, in a 24/7 newscast; Tetiana Lebedieva, Acting Head of the Chernihiv Oblast Children Hospital, in a commentary for Suspilne [Ukraine’s public broadcaster]

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Quote: "As of 16:19 of 4 September, 15 people turned for medical help, 8 of them [are] children and 7 adults.

Two children and two adults are in the hospital. One child is in serious condition".

Details: Chaus reported that the State Investigation Bureau is sorting out the circumstances of the incident.

"We have to answer two main questions: 1) how the military appeared at a peaceful event for children, and 2) following the first one, why they were armed. The investigators are working on it right now", Chaus stated.

He added that a public organisation turned to authorities with a suggestion to hold a peaceful game event for children.

"There was no remark that there would be any exhibition of military equipment or the armed military there. If there had been such a message, we would have reacted, and the military wouldn’t have participated in such events further on", Chaus explained.

Tetiana Lebedieva, Acting Head of the Chernihiv Oblast Children Hospital, told Suspilne that on 3 September, the 2-year old boy who got the most severe injuries of all patients, had a surgery that took almost 7 hours. His condition remains severe but stable.

Background: On the afternoon of 3 September, a live grenade launcher was activated and an explosion occurred in the historical part of Chernihiv. It happened during the event for children where interactive activities were supposed to take place. Early reports stated that four children were injured.

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