Ukraine Russia War Kremlin blames sabotage for Crimea blasts:
A week after an apparent Ukrainian attack on a Russian military base in occupied Crimea, an arms store on another depot has been hit by a series of explosions. During Ukraine-Russia War Kremlin blames sabotage for Crimea blasts.
Russian officials during Ukraine Russia War said a fire triggered the blasts in the Dzhankoi area – before later blaming “sabotage”.
A separate fire broke out at a power substation and a railway was damaged. A string of blasts last week destroyed Russian warplanes at a Black Sea base on the Crimean coast. In Ukraine-Russia War, Russian Federation blames sabotage for new Crimea blasts.
Demilitarization in Action:
Ukraine has never publicly admitted that attack – but presidential office adviser Mykhailo Podolyak described the latest incident as “demilitarisation in action”, indicating that the explosions were not accidental. A Crimean Tatar leader, Refat Chubarov, called the explosions a “hit” that could be heard “far across the steppe”. In Ukraine-Russia War Kremlin blames sabotage for the Crimea blasts.
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The defense ministry in Moscow said there had been no “serious” casualties, but Russian-appointed regional head Sergei Aksyonov visited the site and said 2,000 people had been moved from a nearby village and two people had been wounded. “One man has a shrapnel wound, and one was crushed by a wall. Their lives are not in danger, fortunately,” he said.
Crimea was seized from Ukraine and then annexed by Russia in early 2014, and when Russian forces unleashed a new invasion in February they used their bases on the peninsula to capture large swathes of southern Ukraine. Russian occupation has stretched across two southern regions in particular, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, as well as Ukraine has vowed to launch a counter-offensive to recapture areas under Russian control.
After the Russian air base at Saky was hit last Tuesday, satellite images revealed significant damage, with at least eight warplanes destroyed. Although Russia said that incident was also accidental, there was little doubt the base had come under Ukrainian attack due to the precise nature of the destruction.
AVIATION CAPABILITY OF THE RUSSIAN NAVY:
The UK Ministry of Defence said the blasts had “significantly degraded” the aviation capability of the Russian navy’s Black Sea fleet. The latest blasts at an ammunition depot are reminiscent of a string of recent attacks behind Russian lines in eastern Ukraine.
Since June, Ukrainian forces have used US Himars’ multiple rocket launchers to hit as many as 50 arms stores, according to the defense minister. Bridges in the south have also been hit, jeopardizing vital supply lines from Crimea to Kherson.
The apparent ability of Ukraine’s military to reach so far behind enemy lines is of significant embarrassment to the Russians. The explosions at Saky were visible from nearby beaches and videos posted afterward on social media showed streams of tourists leaving Crimea, across a bridge built across the Kerch Strait after the Russian annexation.
CRIMEA BLASTS AND UKRAINE SATISFACTION:
The spokesman for Ukraine’s Air Force Command has said the country is “satisfied” by today’s explosions in occupied Crimea, but that Russia was responsible. Yuriy Ignat said Russia’s failure to “observe fire precautions” was to blame. Russia’s defense ministry earlier said a fire had triggered the blasts at a military base, before later blaming “sabotage”.
“The enemy’s not observing fire precautions, hence the problems, but we are of course satisfied by the fact because Dzhankoi [where the explosions took place] was one of the locations where the enemy kept their helicopters and other equipment,” Ignat told a press conference.
EMERGENCY SITUATION IN NORTHERN CRIMEA:
Crimea’s Russian-installed authorities have declared an “emergency situation” in the north of the occupied peninsula following explosions at a military base in Dzhankoi District, according to the Interfax news agency. “We are in an emergency situation regime,” the Russian news agency quoted regional head Sergei Aksyonov as saying.
Interfax says the move “expands the boundaries of the emergency situation regime” following its introduction in the west of the peninsula after an explosion at an air base there earlier in August.
Moreover, Explosions have been heard near a Russian base in Simferopol in south-central Crimea, according to the Russian newspaper Kommersant. It quotes locals saying black smoke could be seen rising from the base. Security forces are thought to be investigating a potential drone attack on a munitions depot.
As reported by the media team of the youth diplomacy forum, the data is taken from multiple news outlets mainly from BBC, RT, Interfax, and Kommersant.