“The preliminary information that we have suggests that they were planned explosions that aimed to damage the international gas pipeline. To date there have been 3 explosions on different parts of the pipeline. The cause of them were explosive devices planted in certain places,” a statement from the regional administration on May 15 quoted Andriy Trotsenko as saying.
After the blasts, the pipeline was put under tighter security, with forestry personnel and gamekeepers joining police and a territorial defense battalion in guarding the facility, the statement said.
“At the moment, the purpose of all our efforts is to prevent new explosions. It is our task for form a proper unit on the basis of the territorial defense battalion. It is a battalion that will be maintaining law and order on the territory of our region and will take responsibility for measures to prevent terrorist acts of this kind,” said Trotsenko.