23:57 GMT17 May 2021
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    The overnight explosion in the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa may be the work of terrorists, according to the country's Interior Ministry.

    A Ukrainian Interior Ministry spokesperson said that the overnight blast in the city of Odessa in southern Ukraine may be described as a terrorist act, according to local media reports.

    There was no immediate word on casualties in the explosion that took place in central Odessa in the early hours of Sunday.

    The detonation was equivalent to one kilogram of TNT, according to the spokesperson, who said that the explosion damaged a Security Service building as well as the windows of a number of near-by residential houses.

    Explosion thundered at the building of security service of Ukraine in the center of Odessa
    © Sputnik / Denis Petrov
    Explosion thundered at the building of security service of Ukraine in the center of Odessa

    Police have opened a criminal case in connection with the explosion, which is the latest in a series of blasts that have taken place in Odessa in the past few months.

    All of these incidents have been described as acts of terror by law enforcement agencies.

    On March 5, a powerful explosion ripped through an apartment building owned by the Ukrainian ultra-nationalist movement Right Sector; however, no one was hurt.

    Odessa's worst terror act was the May 2, 2014 Trade Unions House Fire, in which dozens of anti-Kiev protesters were chased into the building before it was set alight.


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