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Explosions hit Donbass Arena, home of Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk

Early on Saturday morning, two explosions rattled the Donbass Arena, home of Ukrainian Premier League side Shakhtar Donetsk. The club have confirmed numerous damages to the stadium, including damages to the facade, but there were no casualties amongst stadium staff.

The city of Donetsk, in Eastern Ukraine, is part of the larger Donetsk province, where Donetsk People's Republic forces have stepped up shelling over the past week. The rebel stronghold has also seen increases in street battles in recent days, as Ukrainian forces battle to gain ground over separatists in the region.

There is no hard information available regarding the shelling, including whether the arena was specifically targeted. Shakhtar has already suffered from instability within the region, with six South Americans refusing to board a plane back to Ukraine after a preseason friendly in France. They are not, however, one of the three Ukrainian clubs that registered with the Russian Football Union, only to have UEFA refuse to recognize matches played by those clubs within the Russian leagues.

Shakhtar, champions of the Ukrainian Premier League last season, is set to compete in the group stage of the Champions League, which begins next month.