Ukraine pipeline explosion caused by bomb: interior minister

Ukrainian troops patrol an area near the border of Ukraine with Russia outside Kharkiv on June 16, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/ SERGEY BOBOK)

KIEV: An explosion at a pipeline in Ukraine's Poltava region Tuesday was caused by a bomb, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said Wednesday.

"We assume that the explosive device was placed under a concrete block supporting the pipeline and that there were two explosions," Avakov said in a report to a government meeting.

"We are studying the circumstances ... external interference is the main cause we are focusing on," he said.

Ukraine said Tuesday that it believed that the attack on a pipeline carrying Russian gas to the rest of Europe had been intended to discredit Ukraine as a reliable supplier.





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