Since the beginning of the year, fighting has intensified between pro-government forces loyal to the government of Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels aligned with Vladimir Putin.
Fears that the bloody battles could escalate even further led to panicked speculation overnight that a window-shattering explosion in the city of Donetsk might have been caused by a tactical nuclear device.
The latest information coming from the battle-rocked region, according to The Daily Mail, is that the blast that lit up the Ukrainian night sky was caused by an artillery shell hitting a chemical plant, and not a nuclear device.
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Though the massive explosion was reportedly the result of conventional shelling, there are nonetheless widespread fears that rebels loyal to Putin’s Russia will step up the ferocity of their attacks.
The Daily Mail article on the overnight blast goes on to say that “diplomats are warning that Russia could be planning to target other Baltic states, with Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves comparing appeasing president Vladimir Putin to that of when Nazi Germany was allowed to seize parts of the former Czechoslovakia in 1938.”