President Viktor Yushchenko wrote a letter to Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko with the request to establish a state commission to investigate May 2 blast that occurred in Savings Bankoffice(Oshchadbank) in Melitopol, Zaporizhzhya region and resulted in casualties. He also requested the Prime Minister to arrange provision of help to victims of the blast and inhabitants of living block the office was situated in, President’s press office reported.

Two explosions tore through the offices of a bank in southern Ukraine Tuesday, injuring 25 people, officials said, according to Kyiv Post.

The Emergency Situation Ministry said in a statement that the blast was likely caused by an explosive device inside the offices of the state-owned Saving bank in the city of Melitopol.

TV footage showed windows of the nine-story building blown out, with shattered glass in the streets and window blinds flapping through the broken windows.

Yulia Barysheva, a regional emergency spokeswoman, told The Associated Press that six people were hospitalized in serious, but not life-threatening condition. The rest sought medical help on their own, mainly for glass wounds.


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