UEFA play down Euro 2012 fears after 27 are injured by bomb blasts in Ukraine
14:31 GMT, 27 April 2012
UEFA have no new concerns over security measures for Euro 2012 despite a series of explosions in the Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk.
At least 27 people were injured in the blasts, which local authorities are believed to be treating as the work of terrorists.
Four explosions have been reported in Dnipropetrovsk, with a tram stop and railway station among the apparent targets.
The Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, that will host matches in the Euro 2012 football tournament
Dnipropetrovsk was initially set to
be a host city for Euro 2012 but was replaced in 2009 by Kharkiv. It is
located around 240 miles from Kiev, the destination of the tournament
Surveillance: Yulia Tymoshenko is being monitored 24/7
UEFA have been contacted about Friday's events and will monitor the outcome of an official internal
investigation, with Ukrainian Interior Minister Vitaly Zakharchenko
travelling to the city this afternoon to begin the process.
At this stage the European governing body do not anticipate a significant effect on the tournament.
'UEFA has been made aware of the
explosions that occurred in Dnipropetrovsk today and is waiting for the
results of the investigation of the Ukrainian authorities into the
matter,' a statement read.
'Our thoughts go to the people who have been injured and we wish them a full and speedy recovery.
'This event does not change UEFA's
confidence in the security measures that have been developed by the
authorities in view of UEFA Euro 2012, and which will ensure a smooth
and festive tournament.'