Bomb damages sweet shop belonging to Ukraine president's Roshen chain

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Posted: May 29, 2015 4:33 AM

KIEV (Reuters) - A bomb exploded outside a sweet shop in Kiev that is owned by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's Roshen chain, police said on Friday.

"The explosion made a hole with a diameter of 0.6 meters in the wall of the shop. It has damaged shelves and some of the goods," the police said in a statement, adding that the incident happened at around midnight on Thursday.

There was no comment from the company, which operates confectionery factories in Ukraine as well as in Russia, Hungary and Lithuania.

The Roshen chain of shops expanded after Poroshenko, popularly known as the "chocolate king", was elected president in 2014. Earlier this year, windows were broken at some of Roshen's outlets by unidentified attackers.

Poroshenko promised to sell off his confectionery business after his election, but this year he said unfavorable market conditions made that difficult.

(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Editing by Susan Fenton)