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Military Engineers Destroy Almost 900 Explosive Objects in 2017

CHISINAU, January 3, 2018 — National Army engineers found and neutralized almost 900 explosive objects dating back to World War II, throughout the country, in 2017.

According to Col. Mihail Buclis, Commander of Land Forces Command, the engineer teams comprising of service members from Engineer Battalion, Brigades “Moldova” and “Dacia” carried out 171 missions during which 868 explosive objects were destroyed. The largest amounts of ammunition — mine-launcher bombs of caliber 82 and 120 mm, artillery projectiles of caliber 76, 100, and 120 mm, air bombs, cartridges, and hand grenades — were discovered in villages from Stefan Voda, Causeni, Criuleni, and Ungheni districts and in Balti and Chisinau cities.

Col. Buclis mentioned that the largest arsenal — 43 artillery projectiles of 76 mm caliber, 40 hand grenades RPG-40, 106 bullets of 12 mm caliber, as well as an artillery projectile warhead — was discovered on a building site on Aerodromului str. from Balti in November. The engineers from “Moldova” Brigade transported the ammunition to the unit’s Training center where they had been destroyed under maximum security conditions.

In December, the team of Engineer Battalion “Codru” went to Puhaceni village, Anenii Noi district, where they destroyed five air bombs of 50 kg that were found in the neighboring sand quarry.

NOTE: The Ministry of Defense warns the citizens to notify the local authorities about the areas in which there is or is supposed the existence of ammunition. In case of finding unidentified explosive objects, it is forbidden to touch them with hands or other objects, to kick or move the ammunition found in soil or on surface, to remove the warheads or other components.

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