Two Explosions in City Centre of Occupied Luhansk
7 July, 2017

Two explosions took place in the centre of the occupied city of Luhansk, in the east of Ukraine. According to preliminary information, the first detonation, a car explosion, resulted in people being killed and wounded. The second explosion occurred 50 metres from the first incident.

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Separatist-controlled media sites reported the news of the first detonation.

Preliminary reports claim that a women died as a result of the first explosion and five people were wounded. The incident occurred near the so-called House of Government of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR). Before the occupation this was the building of the regional state administration.

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In addition, the deceased woman was reportedly the Captain of the medical service of the so-called “People’s Militia of the LPR.”

On Twitter, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine also reported hearing the two explosions in Luhansk in the afternoon. Details from the OSCE are forthcoming.

Preliminary information also claims that the the improvised explosive device had been laid in a box near the store before it was triggered.

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According to eyewitnesses on social networks, the second explosion in the Luhansk city centre occured a few hours later, not far from the location of the first explosion. So-called “People’s Police of the LPR” confirmed the information. The second explosion reportedly occurred near the drama theatre.

No information has been reported on victims of the second incident.