Blast injures 11 in government-held east Ukraine city

10th November 2014, Comments 0 comments

Ukrainian authorities on Monday opened a probe into "terrorism" after a blast at a bar in the government-controlled eastern city of Kharkiv wounded 11 people.

An explosion gutted the Stena (Wall) pub Sunday evening in the centre of the city, the largest in eastern Ukraine, where Kiev has remained firmly in control despite the pro-Russian insurgency raging in neighbouring regions.

Local officials said two of the wounded were in a serious condition.

Ukraine's national security service, the SBU, launched a probe into a "terrorist act" over the incident, prosecutors in the city said.

Bar owner Mykhailo Ozerov insisted that the blast was an attack and said it was likely linked to the pub's work collecting funds for Ukrainian troops battling pro-Russian rebels in the east.

A major industrial city close to the border with Russia, Kharkiv has been largely peaceful after limited pro-Moscow protests in spring failed to gain momentum and died out unlike in neighbouring Lugansk and Donetsk regions.

Over 4,000 people have been killed in conflict between Kremlin-backed separatists and rebels since April, the United Nations says.

© 2014 AFP

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