At least 27 people were injured after a series of bomb blasts erupted in the major Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk early this morning.
Officials believe that the four explosions are part of an organized terrorist attack.
Yulia Yershova, spokeswoman for the Emergency Situations Ministry, reported that the first bomb went off at a tramway station in the center of the city, injuring about a dozen commuters. The second blast went off at a nearby school and injured at least nine children. Within half an hour, a third and fourth bomb went off in front of a movie theater and train station, injuring several more pedestrians.
The Ukraine has never been a target for terrorists in the past and authorities are still uncertain as to who caused this latest attack. Witnesses say that the city is quiet now, as paramedics and police officers sift through the rubble and tend to those affected by the explosions.
"We understand that this is yet another challenge for us, for the entire nation," said President Viktor Tanukovych.
The blasts come just weeks before the Euro 2012 football championship, which is set to attract millions of travelers to the Ukraine in June.