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An explosion near the government headquarters in the separatist Donetsk, eastern Ukraine

According to the agency, the explosion sounded dozens of meters from the seat of the government of the Donetsk People’s Republic, which is loyal to Russia, and is not recognized internationally.

Russian media said that the explosion was caused by a car bomb near the government building of the Donetsk People’s Republic in the city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.

The explosion came hours after sirens sounded in the city center of Donetsk, after a Moscow-backed separatist leader in the breakaway region announced the evacuation of residents in anticipation of Ukrainian bombing.

The separatist leader indicated that he is asking the residents to move to Rostov in Russia, claiming that the Ukrainian army will start a military operation in Donbass, the disputed area between the separatists and Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin also ordered the Minister of Emergencies to go to the Rostov region, near Ukraine, to secure shelters for the displaced from the disputed Donbass region.

The Russian Foreign Ministry had expressed its deep concern about developments in eastern Ukraine, where the unilaterally declared republics of Donetsk and Luhansk announced the start of the evacuation of residents due to the escalation of fighting with Kiev forces.

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