Uefa undaunted by Ukraine blasts in run-up to Euro 2012


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UEFA have no new concerns over security measures for Euro 2012 despite a series of explosions in the Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk today.

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.

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 final.

UEFA have been contacted about today'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."