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Explosion in Zaporozhye region injured five civilians, including ZaTV employees, senior official says

An explosive-laden car exploded near a local media office in the town of Melitopol, Zaporozhye region, on Tuesday, injuring five people and causing “Significant damage” in the premises, said Aleksandr Malkevich, member of the Civic Chamber of Russia. He added that there were no military targets in the vicinity.

The car bombing rocked the ZaTV station building, injuring employees and other civilians and damaging the building itself, according to the official.

Zaporozhye was officially declared part of Russia in early October, along with the Kherson region and the people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, after voters in those regions overwhelmingly backed the decision in public referendums.

Malkevich said the explosive device had a yield equivalent to 1.5 to 2 kg of TNT.

Footage from the scene of the explosion shows both the interior and exterior of the devastated building, with shattered windows. Local authorities said the incident was being investigated as a terrorist attack.

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Later, the city administration clarified that all of the victims had only minor injuries, with one being taken to hospital.

Vladimir Rogov, a senior official in the Zaporozhye region administration, said ZaTV would continue operations despite the explosion. Speaking to RIA Novosti, he insisted that Ukraine “would not be able to deprive people of their right to receive reliable and unbiased information.”

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