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Loud blast heard in Donetsk

Donetsk, Ukraine - A loud explosion rang out in central Donetsk on Thursday evening followed by a series of smaller explosions that sounded like artillery, AFP journalists said.

The explosions were heard shortly after 10:00 pm local time (1900 GMT). A spokeswoman for the separatist Donetsk people's republic could not be immediately reached for comment.

Ukrainian police officers stand outside the regional administration building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. REUTERS/Stringer. Credit: REUTERS

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