Four explosions minutes apart rocked the center of the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk on Friday injuring at least 27 people, including nine children. The blasts come just weeks before Ukraine is due to co-host the Euro 2012 football championship.
No one has claimed responsibility for the bomb attacks or has made any demands. The authorities have called the incidents “acts of terrorism” and have vowed to find the perpetrators. The city remains on high alert and some of the communication infrastructure has been shut down to prevent any further potential attacks.
The opposition was quick to react and accuse the government of President Viktor Yanukovych of involvement. The deputy parliamentary speaker, Mykola Tomenko, who is a member of the jailed opposition leader and former PM Yulia Tymoshenko’s Fatherland party accused the authorities of engineering the bomb explosions. He said that they were to distract the public’s attention away from the alleged torture by prison authorities of Tymoshenko who is currently on hunger strike protesting her innocence.