Main Street of Balakliia
Map of Ukraine with Balakliia highlighted
|• Total||35 km2 (14 sq mi)|
|Elevation||79 m (259 ft)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
Balakliia or Balakleya (Ukrainian: Балаклія, Russian: Бaлaклeя, translit. Balakleya) is a city in Kharkiv Oblast (province) of eastern Ukraine. It is the administrative center of Balakliyskyi Raion (district), and is an important railroad junction in the oblast. Population: 28,868 (2017 est.)
On 23 March 2017, 20,000 inhabitants of Balakliia were evacuated after a series of massive explosions erupted at a nearby arms depot of the Balakliya military installation, which stockpiles missile and artillery ammunition. The disaster led to one civilian woman killed and five others injured (with no casualties among the military). Thousands of residents within a 10 Km radius around the complex were evacuated in the aftermath. By the end of March, the fires and resulting arms explosions at the ammunition depot in Balakliia had damaged almost 250 buildings.  On 18 April (2017) the city and nearby villages where declared cleared from unexploded ordnance.
- Балаклея // Украинская Советская Энциклопедия. том 1. Киев, «Украинская Советская энциклопедия», 1978. стр.339
- "Чисельність наявного населення України (Actual population of Ukraine)" (in Ukrainian). State Statistics Service of Ukraine. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
- Ukraine munitions blasts prompt mass evacuations, BBC News (23 March 2017)
- "NATO envoys arrive in Balaklia to assist in humanitarian demining". UNIAN. 25 March 2017.
- "One dead after blasts at eastern Ukraine arms depot". Yahoo News. 25 March 2017.
- Balaklia, nearby villages cleared from unexploded ordnance after March 23 accident, UNIAN (18 April 2017)
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