Support The Moscow Times!

Explosion Tears Through Building in Ukraine's Odessa

A building damaged by an explosion in Odessa.

An explosion has ripped through a building housing a law office and a hostel in Ukraine's Black Sea port of Odessa, news reports said, in the latest of a series of blasts to rattle the city.

No injuries were reported in the explosion that occurred on one of the middle floors of a building on Koblevskaya Street late Tuesday night, Ukraine's Novoye Vremya reported.

Ukraine'sTSN reported that an apparent explosive device had been planted at the entrance to a hostel located on the third floor of the building and that the blast ripped a two-story-high hole through a stairwell and smashed windows.

The building also housed a law office, Novoye Vremya said.

Odessa, a Black Sea port city with a substantial Russian-speaking population, was the site of deadly clashes between pro-Moscow and pro-European activists last May. More than 40 people were killed during the violence, most of whom were caught in a building that was set on fire

The city has been mostly peaceful since then, but has seen a series of explosions in recent months — a number of them apparently targeting pro-Kiev organizations in Odessa, according to media reports. 

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more