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Ukraine Live Day 532
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Bomb Hurled At Samooborona Headquarters In Odessa
5 years
Four Ukrainian Soldiers Killed, 15 Wounded Over Last 24 Hours

At 3:20 am today, a home-made explosive device was hurled at the headquarters of Odessa's Samooborona (self-defence) activists. No one was injured in the blast, which damaged a gate and broke windows.

A security camera on the street captured the attack. At around 21 seconds in, two men pull up on a motorbike. One gets off and throws a package over the gate before jumping back on to the bike, which speeds off.

Odessa news site reported that investigators had said that the home-made device had a power equivalent to 200 grams of TNT.



EMPR notes that the Samooborona headquarters is located at 35 Kanatna Street, to the north-east of the city centre. The building also houses two volunteer centres collecting aid for both Ukrainian soldiers and refugees from the Donbass. Samooborona groups emerged during the EuroMaidan protests as a form of organising activism and defence from attacks by security forces and pro-government activists.

This is the latest in a long string of bombings in Odessa since the winter. Most recently, an explosive device was planted on the door of a gay nightclub, injuring a bouncer.

-- Pierre Vaux