The star's origins as a symbol of a mass political movement date to the times of the Russian Civil War of 1917-1922 and the end of the First World War in 1918, but the precise first use remains unknown.It is most often thought that Russian troops fleeing from the Austrian and German fronts found themselves in Moscow in 1917 and mixed with the local Moscow garrison.In Soviet heraldry, the red star symbolized the Red Army and the military service, as opposed to the hammer and sickle, which symbolized peaceful labour.Different countries across Europe treat the symbol very differently: some have passed laws banning it by claiming that it represents "a totalitarian ideology", but other countries hold a very positive view of it as a symbol of antifascism and resistance against Nazi occupation.Poltorak said there was no immediate word on casualties.The separatist authorities in Donetsk and Luhansk have rejected Poltorak's accusations, arguing in statements carried by the Interfax news agency that the blaze was likely rooted in corruption and incompetence among the Ukrainian military.The Kharkiv region lies just north of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, where Ukrainian troops have been fighting Russia-backed separatists.The conflict has killed more than 9,800 since April 2014.
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military said Russian or separatist saboteurs blew up a warehouse storing tank ammunition at a military base in the east of the country early on Thursday.
The base, which contained about 138,000 tonnes of ammunition including rockets and tank ammunition, is located in the city of Balakleya about 100 km (60 miles) from the frontline of Ukraine's war against Russian-backed separatists.
Rescue teams were helping residents nearby villages in the eastern Kharkiv region, the military said, and up to 20,000 were evacuated after the suspected drone attack.
Ukraine's chief military prosecutor Anatoly Matios said: 'According to preliminary data, as a result of sabotage, last night at 2.46am, fire and explosions caused the detonation of ammunition at several sites storing rockets and artillery weapons.'Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said at a briefing that the fire had likely been staged by Russian or separatist saboteurs who probably used a drone.