The first headline I saw came late Sunday evening, “Ukrainian government officials confirmed a nuclear blast was detected in Ukraine Sunday.”
Unfortunately, I didn’t stop to see where exactly it came from. So I ‘googled’ the sentence and found it being carried by every crack-pot with a website and Internet connection, concluding it wasn’t as big a deal as I first thought.
I turned in for the night.
Then Monday morning, I read, “A giant explosion which rocked the Ukrainian city of Donetsk sparked fears of a ‘tactical nuke’ after pro-government forces shelled a rebel-held chemical plant,” in the UK’s Daily Mail.
Did I miss something as I slept? Nope.
After viewing three videos uploaded to Youtube, I concluded it was a conventional explosion that illuminated the night sky. A nuclear blast creates an electromagnetic pulse that will fry all electronics within the blast area and since the videos were on the Internet within minutes of the reported blast – it wasn’t a nuke that went off.
Russian media reports the epicenter of the explosion was in the Kuibyshev district of Donetsk, Ukraine, the site of the most intense fighting between Russian-backed rebels and the Western-backed Ukrainian government. The media also said the explosion could be seen and felt for “tens of kilometers.”
The blast occurred at the military chemical plant DKZHI and coincides with 1,500 Russian troops and 300 units of military equipment arriving in Donetsk over the weekend. Russia denies supplying the rebel’s with troops and weapons, claiming they are only providing “humanitarian convoys.”
It also came as the leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine plan to sit down and discuss a peace plan for the region.