This is the official version – that the blasts were an organized act of
terrorism. Two days after the blasts, Security Service of Ukraine (SBU)
published three descriptions of the suspected terrorists. However, no
arrests have been reported. Also, no one has claimed responsibility or
made demands. What may have motivated terrorists remains unclear.
Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka said blasts could be related to a
similar explosion on Nov. 16 in Dnipropetrovsk, which killed one person
and was not solved.
“This doesn’t look like a terrorist attack, but more like a criminal act
stemming from an economic dispute,” said Oleksandr Skipalsky, a former
SBU lieutenant general and ex-head of the military intelligence
department of the Defense Ministry.
Two weeks before the blasts, Dnipropetrovsk was shocked by the
assassination of businessman Hennadiy Akselrod, known for numerous
construction projects and close ties with a local group that is alleged
to improperly raid other businesses.
Akselrod was shot near his house in downtown Dnipropetrovsk on April 14.
Soon after, Akselrod’s friend and partner, Hennadiy Korban, who
together with Akselrod survived an assassination attempt two years ago,
said he is “much harder to get to” as he drives around in armored cars
and avoids public places.
Speculation is that the blasts are revenge from one side or the other.
The murder also highlighted the presence of gangs in the city.