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Large explosion at Donetsk chemical plant caused by shelling

09 February 2015

A large explosion was reported at a Donetsk chemical goods plant in eastern Ukraine, the city's website reported on February 9. The attack took place late the previous day, according to the website, and a number of buildings in the area were damaged but no casualties have been reported. The plant is under the control of anti-Ukraine government rebels.

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Eduard Basurin, a military official with the Donetsk People's Republic Defense, accused Ukraine government forces of carrying out the attack, although this was not confirmed by the Ukrainian Defence Ministry.

The rebel Donetsk News Agency said the chemical plant west of the city was hit by a Ukrainian artillery shell but the fire was put out and it posed no danger to residents.

The fighting between Russian-backed separatists and Ukraine government forces has killed more than 5,300 people since April and displaced more than a million people in eastern Ukraine.

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