Explosions damage Shakhtar stadium

The Ukrainian club has revealed that two blasts have damaged part of the ground although there were no casualties among staff.

Shakhtar Donetsk has confirmed that part of the Donbass Arena has been damaged after being shelled.

The Ukrainian club confirmed that the northwestern side of the stadium was hit by “two powerful explosions” that occurred on Saturday morning.

"On 23 August, at 6:00, two powerful explosions occurred at Donbass Arena,” a press release published on the club’s official website on Saturday read.

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“As a result of shelling, there are numerous damages of the northwestern facade of the stadium, communications, equipment and detached building of the energy center, which is located in the northern part of the Donbass Arena park.

“There are no casualties among the stadium staff.”

The news comes one month after six Shakhtar players – Fred, Ismaily, Douglas Costa, Alex Teixeira, Dentinho and Facundo Ferreyra – refused to return to Ukraine because of the current political situation in the country.

The reigning Ukrainian Premier League champion recently revealed that it will not be able to host games at the Donbass Arena because of violent clashes and will instead play its home games in Lviv for the upcoming season.