Incident Summary:

03/23/2017: An explosive device dropped by a drone detonated at a weapons storage depot in Balakliya, Kharkiv, Ukraine. At least one civilian was killed and one civilian was injured in the blast and resulting fire, which spread to a nearby residential area. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, authorities suspected that a pro-Russia militia may have carried out the attack.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Armed Forces of Ukraine
Specific Description Munitions Depot
Nationality of Target Ukraine
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Remote Trigger
Weapon Details
Explosive devices dropped by a drone were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) State Actor
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources suspected the involvement of the Russian military in the attack.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Pro-Russia Militia (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Balakliya depot fire destroys dozen utility buildings," Interfax, March 24, 2017."
"One dead after blasts at Ukraine arms depot," Bangladesh Daily Star, March 24, 2017."
"Yakovenkove - Ukraine struggles to contain arms depot fire, blames 'sabotage'," AFP (North European Service), March 23, 2017."