Explosions in the annexed Crimean Peninsula

Explosions in the annexed Crimean Peninsula

Explosions erupted on the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine, annexed by Russia. Videos circulating on social media also showed explosions and large clouds of smoke, which were said to have been recorded near the town of Nowofyodorovka, not far from the resort town of Feodosiya.

According to media reports, the cause was not an attack. Instead, the ammunition exploded on a military base, according to the RIA Novosti news agency. No military equipment was damaged and there were no injuries or deaths.

TASS news agency reported that five people, including a child, were injured in a detonation at Saky air base in Crimea. TASS refers to the head of health authorities on the Black Sea peninsula.

Tourists fled the area. The Russian governor of Crimea, Sergei Axyonov, said an area within a five-kilometer radius around the base would be cordoned off.

Observers assumed an act of sabotage because Ukrainian troops are more than 200 kilometers away. According to previous reports, the Ukrainian army does not currently have missiles with this range.

Puff of smoke near the village of Novofedorivka on the Crimean peninsula

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Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. In the course of the war of aggression that began in late February, Moscow has repeatedly demanded that Crimea be recognized as Russian territory – which Kyiv clearly rejects. Also internationally, the peninsula with its more than two million inhabitants continues to be considered Ukrainian territory.