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At least Two killed as forest fires rage in Southern Ukraine

At least eight people have died and two more hospitalized following a range of forest fires swept through Ukraine’s eastern region of Luhansk, according to police.

As many as 120 people also have been evacuated from villages in the region, the crisis services said in a statement on Thursday.

Local police said they listed a total of 146 fires from the area, which were ruined around 250 buildings and disperse throughout 93 square kilometers.

At least 22 villages may be impacted by the fires, which were aggravated by”exceptionally tough weather conditions” and hurricane gusts up to 70 km/h, they included.

The majority of the fires can be found close to the region controlled by pro-Russian separatists.

Authorities said the town of Severodonetsk isn’t currently in danger from the blazes.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office called on the government to get the origin of the flames.

“The motives for this a large-scale spread of passion has to be established,” the office said in an announcement.

A government delegation has flown into the scene of the flames at the Luhansk region to help organize the response.

Before this season, woods fires spread close to the defunct Chernobyl nuclear plant in the north of this country but had been brought under complete control by emergency services.