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2008 Yevpatoria gas explosion
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Date24 December 2008
LocationYevpatoria, Crimea, Ukraine
CauseGas explosion
Non-fatal injuries5

Coordinates: 45°11′40″N 33°20′58″E / 45.194502°N 33.349487°E / 45.194502; 33.349487 The 2008 Yevpatoria gas explosion took place on December 24, 2008 with an explosion in an apartment block in Yevpatoria, a Ukrainian Black Sea resort town. Within hours, the death toll stood at 22 with 10 missing.[1] On December 26 the total number of deaths was 27 people. President Viktor Yushchenko declared December 26 to be a day of national mourning.[2][3][4]


Government reactionEdit

On 27 December 2008 the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers ordered the central government agencies and the Yevpatoria administration to provide the victims of the blast and the families of those killed with new housing and all financial compensations they are entitled to by January 1, 2009. The Education and Science Ministry has been instructed to make sure that the children from the families who suffered from the incident be provided with free school instruction.

The government also ordered that tougher control measures be taken in the gas supply industry to prevent new accidents.[5]

Gas explosions trendEdit

A similar gas explosion in Dnipropetrovsk on October 2007, killed 23 victims.[6]

Gas explosions in crumbling apartment buildings are often caused by improper use or a poorly maintained infrastructure.[7] They are common occurrences in former Soviet states, particularly in the winter, when residents use more heating.[6]


  1. ^ "news.nabou". Archived from the original on 2017-11-14. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  2. ^ Death toll of Crimean blast reaches 27, says Emergencies Ministry, Interfax-Ukraine (December 26, 2008)
  3. ^ Friday Declared Mourning Day In Ukraine For Victims Of Yevpatoria Gas Explosion Archived 2012-09-13 at, Ukrainian News Agency (December 26, 2008)
  4. ^ 27 dead after Ukrainian apartment blast, CNN (December 26, 2008)
  5. ^ Ukrainian Cabinet issues instructions to deal with Yevpatoria apartment block blast aftermath, Interfax-Ukraine (27 December 2008)
  6. ^ a b Ukraine mourns Crimea blast dead, BBC News (December 26, 2008)
  7. ^ Ukraine gas explosion toll rises, BBC News (19 October 2007)

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