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Two explosions reported to hit Ukraine’s Odessa overnight

June 12, 2015, 5:13 UTC+3 KIEV
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KIEV, June 12. /TASS/. Two explosions within a short period of time ripped through the center of the Ukrainian city of Odessa in the early hours of June 12 destroying an advertising billboard and, according to unconfirmed information, hurting no people, local news portal Timer reported on Friday.

"One of the explosions took place on the crossing of the Bolshaya Arnautskaya and Staroportofrankovskaya streets," the news portal reported. "The other explosive device went off on the corner of the Admiralsky Avenue and destroyed an advertising billboard."

According to unconfirmed information, there were no people reported to be hurt in the explosions, while local law enforcement bodies refrain from commenting on the incidents.

The city of Odessa was the scene last year of one of the most tragic events taking place amid the ongoing crisis in the country.

On May 2, 2014 the city saw riots, during which soccer fans from other cities, as well as Right Sector militants and so-called "Maidan self-defense" representatives from Kiev organized a march along city streets. Clashes with federalization supporters occurred during the march.

Radicals set ablaze the Trade Unions House, where their opponents hid, and a tent camp where activists were collecting signatures for a referendum on Ukraine’s federalization and for the status of a state language for Russian. The attackers did not let anyone leave the burning Trade Unions House building.

At least 48 people died and 247 were injured in the clashes and the fire in the Trade Unions House. Some Ukrainian politicians asserted that the death toll reached 116 but that the Kiev authorities concealed the facts. Investigators have so far failed to name those guilty of the crime.

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