Ukraine has blown up a huge warehouse thought to be full of Russian weapons in the Donetsk region.
Footage has emerged of a gigantic nuke-like explosion seen for miles around in Makiivka.
Although it has not been confirmed exactly what was in the building, a spokesman for the Center for Strategic Communications of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said: “As a result of the effective fire impact of the units of the Defense Forces, another warehouse of Russian terrorists in the temporarily occupied Makiivka ceased to exist.”
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Extraodinary footage taken from a nearby window was shared on Telegram overnight and it shows a huge blast going for miles into the air, with a devastating soundblast being felt a few seconds later.
Emergency services in the area told Russia's TASS news agency that other critical infrastructure was also hit.
A spokesman said: “There were hits near the hospital, there are injuries.
“Plus, preliminary, there is information about the wounding of civilians.”
Unverified claims by Russia-installed head of the region Denis Pushilin claims that a two-year-old boy and a seven-year-old boy were killed in the missile strike.
The city of Makiivka was taken by Russia in April 2014, and has been controlled by the Donetsk People's Republic ever since.
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It has become a source of battle since the start of 2023, as Ukraine attempts to reclaim land stolen by Russian in the last 10 years.
Its population is made up of around 50% Russians and 45% Ukrainians, the last census shows – although this dates back to 2001.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine – outside of the Donbas conflict – has been going on for more than 15 months, with Ukraine claiming that Russian loses stand at around 232k.
Russia has not released up-to-date figures for several months, and continues to refuse to do so.
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