10,000 flee blasts in new Ukraine dis­as­ter

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MORE than 10,000 peo­ple were forced to flee in ter­ror yes­ter­day as a gi­ant am­mu­ni­tion dump went up in smoke – send­ing flames hun­dreds of feet into the air and ex­plod­ing shells in all direc­tions.

Au­thor­i­ties reckon sab­o­tage is be­hind the blast that tore through the ammo de­pot 110 miles east of Kiev, Ukraine, in the early hours of yes­ter­day.

And few are in any doubt who’s be­hind the dis­as­ter – the lat­est in a string of ex­plo­sions at Ukrainian am­mu­ni­tion dumps…

Rus­sian’s strong­man boss Vladimir Putin. The blasts shat­tered win­dows in sur­round­ing vil­lage houses while ex­plo­sions could also be heard in a nearby wood where some am­mu­ni­tion ap­peared to have come down.

Ex­plo­sions were hap­pen­ing at a rate of two to three a sec­ond at one stage, ac­cord­ing to the de­fence min­istry.

Ukraine has in the past pointed the fin­ger at Rus­sia for such types of in­ci­dents as re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries plunged fol­low­ing Moscow’s an­nex­a­tion of Crimea in 2014.

Its deputy prime min­is­ter linked the ex­plo­sions to a de­ci­sion pend­ing in Is­tan­bul this week, al­low­ing the coun­try to es­tab­lish an in­de­pen­dent na­tional church – which Rus­sia fiercely op­poses.

Fight­ing be­tween Ukrainian troops and Moscow-backed sep­a­ratist rebels has killed more than 10,000 peo­ple since 2014.


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