Blast rocks center of breakaway town in E. Ukraine

A car burns after an explosion near the Regional administration building in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Several people were injured after an explosion in central Donetsk on Thursday. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
A car burns after an explosion near the Regional administration building in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Several people were injured after an explosion in central Donetsk on Thursday. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — An explosion has shaken the center of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, where pro-Russian separatists have taken over a regional administration building.

An AP reporter nearby heard the explosion and arrived to see a van in flames in front of the building. He saw three injured people being taken away. Armed men then made the reporter lie on the ground at gunpoint before checking his identification and allowing him to go.

The breakaway Donetsk People’s Republic said on its Twitter feed that the van was used by one of the group’s leaders, Denis Pushilin, but said he was not in the vehicle.

The same tweet said four people were injured and one was in grave condition.

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