The Russian army reported this Tuesday that one of its military bases in the Crimean peninsula has suffered a fire that has subsequently caused a explosion at an ammunition depot. “After the fire, there was a ammunition detonation“, They have indicated in a statement. But hours after the attack, Defense has admitted for the first time that the explosion of the provisional ammunition depot of the Russian army has been a sabotage. “On the morning of August 16, as a result of sabotage, a military warehouse in the town of Dzhankoe”, the capital of the homonymous district, has collected the Russian agency TASS.
The Governor of Crimea, Sergei Aksionov, who has gone to the place, has indicated that two civilians were injured and that the evacuation of the inhabitants of a neighboring municipality was underway.
The incident occurs a week after the ammunition explosion intended for aviation in a warehouse located in the saki military airfield, in western Crimea. In that occasion, one person died and several were injured. In addition, in the satellite images from Planet Labs, it can be seen how the explosions caused three craters and damage in eight Russian warplanes.
Russia then responded to this possible attack by saying that the explosions were a act of negligence and denied that the devices were damaged. For its part, Ukraine He did not claim responsibility for the possible attack, but he did not deny his participation either.. Last week, the Ukrainian presidential adviser, Mykhailo Podolyak, said: “Officially, we are not going to confirm or deny anything. There are numerous scenarios as to what could have happened… considering that there were several epicenters of explosions at the same time.” “.
On this occasion, Podolyak announced this morning on Twitter the explosions at the Crimean base. “The morning near Dzhankoi began with explosions,” he wrote.
Crimea, a peninsula of Ukraine annexed in 2014 by Moscow, is in the front line of the Russian military offensive against the former Soviet republic. russian army aircraft they take off almost daily from this territory to attack targets in regions under kyiv’s control.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.