At least two people were injured by a blast at an ammunition depot in the north of the Russian-controlled Crimean peninsula on Tuesday, Sergei Aksyonov, the Russian head of Crimea’s administration said on social media.
He added that the five-kilometre zone around the site of detonation has been cordoned off and the people who live there are being evacuated. The explosion also disrupted trains in the region.
According to the Russian Defence Ministry, no “serious” casualties had occurred in the Mayskoye explosion. Moscow called the incident a “sabotage”.
Later on, local authorities blamed saboteurs for orchestrating a series of explosions at an ammunition depot in Russian-annexed Crimea, a rare admission that armed groups loyal to Ukraine are damaging military logistics and supply lines on the territory it controls.
Earlier on Tuesday, a Russian news agency reported a fire at a transformer substation near the town of Dzhankoi in Crimea, 20 km away.
⚡️Fire, explosions reported at an ammunition depot in occupied Crimea.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) August 16, 2022
According to Crimea Inform, a fire broke out at a transformer substation in the town of Dzhankoy, and some ammunition detonated at a depot in the village of Maiske.
According to Kommersant, the Russian military is currently “checking the version of an attack by a small unmanned aerial vehicle on an ammunition depot (at the base).”— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) August 16, 2022
Morning near Dzhankoi began with explosions. A reminder: Crimea of normal country is about the Black Sea, mountains, recreation and tourism, but Crimea occupied by Russians is about warehouses explosions and high risk of death for invaders and thieves. Demilitarization in action.— Михайло Подоляк (@Podolyak_M) August 16, 2022
Last week, a series of explosions at a military air base in the city of Novofedorivka, on Crimea’s western coast, appeared to cause extensive damage and destroy several Russian military aircraft, according to commercial satellite photos. Russia called the explosion an accident.
⚡️Russia claims explosions in Crimean airfield caused by munitions detonation.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) August 9, 2022
Following reports of explosions in Crimea, Russian Defense Ministry said the blasts at the Saki Air Base occurred due to the detonation of munitions. Ukraine hasn't yet commented.
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