Instructions in connection with wildfires in Rostov-on-Don and Volgograd Region 2017-08-26 22:15:00 Minister of Civil Defence, Emergencies and Disasters Relief Vladimir Puchkov reported to the President by telephone about the progress being made in fighting wildfires and their consequences in the Volgograd Region and Rostov-on-Don. The Minister did not rule out the possibility of arson. Vladimir Putin instructed the Government to continue rendering all the necessary aid to the victims of the fires and law enforcement agencies to thoroughly investigate the causes of the disaster. A fire that broke out in Rostov-on-Don’s historic centre on August 21 destroyed around 120 buildings, some 100 of them being residential premises, and caused one fatality. An emergency situation regime has been in effect in the Volgograd Region due to the fires. Over 6,500 people, more than 2,000 units of equipment as well as aviation of Russia’s Emergencies Ministry were involved in fire-fighting efforts.