Separatists in eastern Ukraine say vehicle blown up near their HQ

Nobody was reported to have been hurt in the explosion.

A view shows a wreckage of a car that, according to the local authorities, was blown up near the government building, in the rebel-controlled city of Donetsk, Ukraine, February 18, 2022. (photo credit: REUTERS/ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO)
A view shows a wreckage of a car that, according to the local authorities, was blown up near the government building, in the rebel-controlled city of Donetsk, Ukraine, February 18, 2022.
(photo credit: REUTERS/ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO)

Russian-backed separatist authorities in eastern Ukraine said on Friday that a parked Jeep with nobody inside had been blown up near a government building in the center of the city of Donetsk.

A news outlet for the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic urged residents to remain calm and not to move around the city if possible.

Nobody was reported to have been hurt in the explosion.

Specialists inspect a wreckage of a car that, according to the local authorities, was blown up near the government building, in the rebel-controlled city of Donetsk, Ukraine, February 18, 2022. (credit: REUTERS/ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO)Specialists inspect a wreckage of a car that, according to the local authorities, was blown up near the government building, in the rebel-controlled city of Donetsk, Ukraine, February 18, 2022. (credit: REUTERS/ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO)

A Reuters witness said the Jeep had been completely torn apart.