Two people were injured as a result of an explosion in the center of Kyiv on Friday, Interior Ministry said, Censor.NET reports, citing KyivPost.
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The explosion took place by the Ukrainian House, some 500 meters away from Maidan Nezalezhnosti, where national guard clashed with protesters on Aug. 7 after the city government's attempt to clear up the street from protesters' tents.
Deputy Interior Minister Mykola Velychkovych told Interfax-Ukraine news agency that an unknown man threatened the director of Ukrainian House, that for months have been occupied by protesters, and then hurled a hand grenade in his direction.
"The official (from Ukraine House), reacting to the malicious intents of the attacker, promptly neutralized him. Witnesses helped to detain him and called the ambulance and the police, Velychkovych said. He also said the severity of injuries as well as the type of explosive device is still to be confirmed.
"This is the illustration of the urgent need of cleaning up Kyiv's downtown," he told Hromadske TV.