Explosions rang out this morning in the Russian-occupied Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea. According to posts on social networks of eyewitnesses, a Russian military unit and an ammunition depot were on fire near an electrical substation.
The explosions took place in the area of the village of Azovskoye in the Dzhankoy region, Refat Chubarov, chairman of the Mejlis (assembly) of the Crimean Tatars, announced on Facebook.
Russia’s Defense Ministry confirmed the blasts, saying “a fire broke out” near Maiskoye on the grounds of a temporary ammunition storage site at a military unit.
“The fire led to the detonation of stored ammunition. There were no serious injuries, measures are being taken to extinguish the fire and the reasons for it are being clarified,” said the Russian Ministry of Defense.
Meanwhile, the “head” of Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, added that two civilians are believed to have been injured as a result of the detonation of the ammunition. Their lives are not in danger. Data on casualties among military personnel are not provided.
This is the second explosion at a military unit in the last week on the heavily militarized peninsula, which Russia annexed in 2014. On August 9, there were strong explosions at the Saki military airfield of the Russian Air Force, located near the village of Novofedorovka, which lost at least nine military aircraft, including SU-30SM fighters and SU-24M bombers.
Several buildings on the base that may have contained ammunition were also destroyed. Russia has used the Saki air base in western Crimea for regular strikes on Ukrainian territory since it launched its unprovoked invasion of the country on February 24.
The explosions at the airport are believed to have been caused by a Ukrainian long-range missile or kamikaze drones. The Ukrainian authorities neither confirmed nor denied this version. The Russian official version is again about a fire caused by non-compliance with fire safety rules.