A massive explosion on a Ukranian military base forced thousands of people to flee their villages in the middle of the night, officials said Wednesday.
Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said “external factors” were the source of the explosion. Local media reported the explosion was being investigated as possible sabotage, and Groysman said the country’s enemies “will do all they can to make [Ukraine] weak.”
The Ukranian government has been in active conflict with Russian-backed separatists since 2014. The fighting has contributed to nearly 10,000 deaths and the displacement of over a million residents, the Associated Press reports.