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Two explosions reported in Luhansk in East Ukraine amid tensions: Reports

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Two explosions reported in Luhansk in East Ukraine amid tensions: Reports

Kyiv: Apart of an international oil pipeline near one of the main cities in Ukraine’s breakaway region of the People’s Republic of Luhansk, blew up on Friday, a second explosion hit the city less than an hour, as per Russian media citing local authorities in the self-proclaimed republic.

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Its causes were not immediately clear, but a social media account associated the Lugansk separatists said the second blast hit a petrol station on the city’s outskirts.

There were no immediate reports of casualties from either blasts.

The region around the city of Lugansk has witnessed some of its heaviest fighting since the start of the year in the past two days.

The blast occurred around 40 minutes after reports about an explosion on a gas pipeline near Luhansk, according to media reports.

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The blast rocked the Druzhba pipeline in the Russian-backed separatist city of Lugansk, Russia’s media reported.

The incident, the causes of which remain unclear, occurred during a sharp escalation in fighting that has redoubled fears that Russia is preparing to invade Ukraine.

The Druzhba pipeline runs from Russia to various points in eastern and central Europe.

Images on social media showed a bright orange fireball lighting up the night sky.

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