Ammunition explosion at a Russian base in Crimea: “an act of sabotage”

Order explosion at Russian base in Crimea: “an act of sabotage”


The explosion of munitions that occurred Tuesday morning at a Russian military base in the Crimea, a peninsula annexed by Russia, was due to an “act of sabotage”, the Russian army said in a statement. 

The military depot near Djankoy in northern Crimea “was damaged on the morning of August 16 as a result of an act of sabotage “, according to the press release, quoted by the Russian press agencies, which does not, however, designate those responsible.

“A number of civilian infrastructures, including a high voltage line, a power station, a railway line, as well as several houses were also damaged”, detailed the Russian army.

According to the Russian army, fire broke out around 03:15 GMT in a temporary ammunition depot at a Russian base in the Djankoy district, causing an explosion.

According to the governor of Crimea, Sergei Aksionov , who went to the scene, two civilians were injured, and the evacuation of the inhabitants of a nearby village was organized.

Reacting to these explosions, Andriï Iermak, the head of the Ukrainian presidential administration, hailed on Telegram a “demilitarization operation” as a goldsmith's work by the Ukrainian armed forces”, which according to him will continue “until the liberation of Ukrainian territories”.

“The morning near Djankoy began with explosions”, noted for his part on Twitter the adviser to the Ukrainian presidency, Mikhaïlo Podoliak.

“Crimea in a normal country is the Black Sea, mountains, recreation and tourism. But the Crimea occupied by the Russians, it is explosions of the ammunition depots and a high risk of death for the invaders and the thieves”, he launched.

This incident comes a week after an explosion of ammunition intended for military aviation in a depot located on the territory of the Saki military airfield in western Crimea.

These explosions left one dead and several injured .

Crimea, a peninsula of Ukraine annexed in 2014 by Moscow, has been at the forefront of Russia's military offensive against its Ukrainian neighbor since February 24.

Russian planes take off almost daily from Crimea to strike targets in areas under the control of kyiv and several areas of this peninsula are located within the range of Ukrainian guns and drones.

Despite the conflict, Crimea has remained an important vacation spot for many Russians who continue to pro enjoy summer on its beaches.