Massive Explosions Destroy Russian Air Base In Crimea

Some of the war ammunitions and bullets which were stored for the Army have reportedly detonated at an airfield which was located in the Moscow-annexed Crimea on Tuesday although there have been no reported victims.

Some of the explosions which had occurred at the Saki airfield had taken place on the 167th day of Moscow’s military intervention in Ukraine.

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“Several aviation munitions detonated” near the settlement of Novofyodorovka, the defence ministry said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies.

“As a result of the explosion no one was hurt.”

The Russian defence ministry has also revealed that it was looking to establish the reason for the explosions but indicated that the airfield was not targeted in an attack.

According to some of the video footage which had been sighted on social media, some of the holidaymakers had abandoned the local beach in panic as large plumes of black smoke had billowed into the sky and ambulances hadd also been dispatched to the scene.

Crimea borders the southern Ukrainian region of Kherson — now controlled by Moscow — and the southeastern region of Zaporizhzhia — partially occupied by the Russian army — is also nearby.

In a video statement, Crimea head Sergei Aksyonov, speaking from the scene, said the affected area had been cordoned off.

“All necessary measures have been tightened to ensure the safety of infrastructure facilities and the population,” he said.

Crimea, which was annexed by Moscow from Ukraine in 2014, is a popular tourist destination.

In another report, the Kremlin has accused Ukrainian forces of firing heavy shots on Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in occupied Ukraine while also warning that the alleged attacks could have ‘catastrophic consequences’, hence should be avoided.

Kyiv pointed out on Monday that Moscow was responsible and called for the area to be demilitarised, claiming that two employees had been wounded in recent attacks in the area.

Africa Today News, New York meanwhile gathered that fighting had continued along battle lines stretching across eastern Ukraine, and Russia continued its crackdown on dissent at home.

Both parties has constantly blamed the other for the escalation in fighting around the nuclear facility in Zaporizhzhia in southeastern Ukraine, which was captured by Russian forces soon after their late February invasion.


Africa Today News, New York

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