A huge blast lit up the night skies in Donetsk, Ukraine as pro-Ukrainian forces allegedly hit a military chemical plant DKZHI held by Russian rebels.
The powerful explosion set off rumors of a nuke attack since it produced a mushroom cloud commonly seen after nuclear bombing. It took place at 10:50 p.m. local time on Sunday, according to Russia Today.
Local residents claimed their windows were shattered and broken by the blast’s shockwave and many others felt the ground shake.
Although no casualties have been reported, a Ukrainian news site TSN.ua quoted right-wing politician Dmitry Yarosh saying the blast killed around “200 terrorists, destroyed 20 Grad rockets, and blew up trucks filled with ammunition.“
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The purported target of the latest attack, DKZHI, is a factory that produces chemical products used for making explosives and other military weapons. It was reportedly also attacked with artillery rockets in September and November.