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At least two killed in blast at peace march in Ukraine's Kharkiv

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 00:42

At least two killed and 10 wounded in an explosion in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv just as a march to remember protesters killed last year in Kiev begins. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: At least two people were killed and 15 wounded on Sunday (February 22) when an explosive device was thrown from a car into a crowd attending a peace rally in the northeastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, Ukrainian officials said. An aide to Ukraine's security and defense council said an unspecified number of suspects were arrested over Sunday's blast. The Interior Ministry called the blast a "terrorist act". Following the blast, the bodies of the people killed lay on the ground draped with Ukrainian flags as crime scene investigators worked nearby. Sunday's march in Kharkiv was one of a series of events across Ukraine marking the deaths of 100 protesters a year ago in an uprising that toppled a pro-Moscow president. More than 5,500 people have since been killed in war between government troops and Russian-backed separatists in the east. The explosion was the latest in a spate of blasts targeting large Ukrainian cities. Six people were wounded in a similar attack in Kharkiv in late January in what police described as a grenade attack on a group of Ukrainian nationalists. Kharkiv, the largest city in Ukraine's mainly Russian-speaking east, has been the scene of violent protests by separatists over the past year but is now firmly under government control and most residents remain loyal to Kiev. A city of 1.4 million, it is more than 220 km (140 miles) from the separatist conflict zone further east where fighting has continued despite a ceasefire deal.

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At least two killed in blast at peace march in Ukraine's Kharkiv

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 00:42