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    VLADIVOSTOK, July 19 (RIA Novosti, Anatoly Ilyukhov) - Fort No. 5 of the Vladivostok fortress, the Maritime Territory in the Far East of Russia, which was seriously damaged after an explosion of old shells, will be reconstructed by the Russian Pacific Fleet, Admiral Viktor Fyodorov, the commander of the Pacific Fleet, said Tuesday.

    The fort, now a historical and cultural monument, was damaged when sailors from the Pacific Fleet blew up old shells discovered there.

    The fortress of Vladivostok is a unique fortification monument, built in 1889-1914. It was believed to be one of the world's best strongholds in the first decades of the 20th century. The fortress became a museum in 1996.

    Fyodorov said the explosions had not been sanctioned calling them "acts of utter vandalism". He said that those involved would be punished.

    A rescue squad discovered eight unexploded 122-gauge bombs and a large volume of TNT and hexogen after the explosions.

    Rescuers fear the shells and explosives, which may have remained under the ruins, are dangerous to the fort's visitors.

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