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Ukraine Police Launch Terror Probe Into Odesa Blast

Police in the southern Ukrainian port city of Odesa are investigating an explosion at a military aid center as a terrorist act.

Local authorities say the blast late on January 4 caused no injuries but shattered windows and damaged cars outside a building housing a volunteer center providing aid to Ukrainian troops fighting pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country.

Interfax quoted a city police spokesman as saying assailants used an explosive device to destroy the entrance door to the one-story building.

The blast is the latest in a series to hit military support centers in Odesa.

It also comes one day after an explosion targeted freight cars carrying petroleum products at the Odesa-Peresyp railway station.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which have prompted Kyiv to dispatch a National Guard unit to the city to participate in joint antiterrorism drills.

Based on reporting by Interfax and AFP