22-year old Ukrainian woman killed in beach explosion in Russia

14:31, 07 August 2008
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Another Ukrainian wounded

One Ukrainian woman was killed and another got numerous injures after an explosion on the beach in the Olympic host town of Sochi along the Black Sea.

UNIAN was informed about it at the press-service of the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine referring to the information of the Consulate General of Ukraine in Rostov-na-Donu.

At present the wounded Ukrainian citizen is in the resuscitation department of the Sochi City Hospital. Russian doctors say there is no threat to her life.

As UNIAN reported earlier, two people were killed and at least three injured by an explosion on the beach in the Olympic host town of Sochi, according to DPA. The victims were a 31-year-old Russian and a 22-year-old tourist from Ukraine, an unidentified law-enforcement official was quoted by the agency as saying. Reports said people had been evacuated from the beach and an investigation was under way. No other details were given as to the cause of the blast.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev interrupted his vacation to instruct his envoy to the region to take "all necessary measures" and personally oversee the investigation, Kremlin spokeswoman Natalya Timakova said Thursday.

Sochi is a favourite Russian tourism destination and has seen huge investments and a construction boom since winning the bid to host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

dpa via the Earth Times

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