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Train derails in eastern Ukraine after blast

Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 01:45

Fourteen carriages of a Russian freight train derail in eastern Ukraine after the track was demolished by an explosion. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Fourteen carriages of a Russian freight train derailed in eastern Ukraine on Sunday (June 22) after an explosion on the rail track between the stations of Ilovaysk and Kuteinikovo in restive Donetsk region, Russian Railways said in a press release. No casualties have been reported. Donetsk Rail which operates the track in the region said on Monday (June 23) that at least 300 meters of the track have been damaged as a result of the explosion and derailment. The incident is still being investigated, but the track repair team working on the site said the blast was aimed at the center of the train. Donetsk and neighboring Luhansk regions, which have declared themselves "people's republics", have been the scene of fierce fighting between pro-Russian separatists and the Kiev authorities. On Friday (June 20), Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced a seven-day ceasefire as part of his peace plan. But the ceasefire came under pressure almost as soon as it began on Friday night, with the government accusing the separatists of attacking its military bases and posts on the Russian border. The insurgency in the largely Russian-speaking east erupted in April after street protests in the capital Kiev toppled the Moscow-backed leader Viktor Yanukovich.

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Train derails in eastern Ukraine after blast

Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 01:45