Massive chemical plant fire, explosion in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine

Massive chemical plant fire, explosion in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine

[Ed. – Not the first time this has happened.  A chemical plant is not where you want to be in eastern Ukraine these days.]

An explosion and fire rocked a chemical plant outside a separatist stronghold in eastern Ukraine Monday. Rebels said it was hit by government shelling.

No casualties or damage were immediately reported from the blast, which was so powerful that it was heard as far as downtown Donetsk.

An armed conflict between Russia-backed separatists and government forces has killed more than 5,300 people and displaced more than a million.

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

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