Ukraine increases pressure on Crimea. The region, annexed by the Russians since 2014, experienced two major explosions in less than a week, with Kyiv claiming responsibility for the attacks. The last? This Tuesday, August 16.
Many infrastructures affected
Around 3:15 a.m., explosions damaged a temporary ammunition depot of a Russian base in the Jankoy district. “Various civil infrastructure was also damaged, including a high-voltage line, a power plant, a railway, as well as several houses”detailed the Russian army.
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 neighboring village was organized.
Ukraine talks about a targeted attack, Russia talks about sabotage
Andriï Yermak, the head of the Ukrainian presidential administration, greeted on Telegram a “operation + demilitarization + craft of the Ukrainian armed forces”, which says it will continue “until the complete liberation of the Ukrainian territories.”
“Crimea in a normal country is the Black Sea, mountains, recreation and tourism. But Russian-occupied Crimea is an explosion of ammunition depots and a high risk of death for invaders and robbers. reacted the adviser to the Ukrainian presidency, Mikhaïlo Podoliak.
For its part, the Russian army denounced a “act of sabotage” in a press release, without naming those responsible. “The necessary measures are being taken to eradicate the consequences of sabotage”, continues this same press release, quoted by the Russian news agency TASS.
An air base already under attack
This incident occurs a week after an explosion of ammunition intended for military aviation in a depot located on the territory of the Saki military airfield.
These blasts killed one person and destroyed nearly a dozen Russian warplanes.
Russian planes take off almost daily from Crimea to strike targets in the regions under Kyiv’s control, and several areas of the peninsula are within range of Ukrainian weapons and drones.
Despite the conflict, Crimea has remained a major vacation spot for many Russians who continue to enjoy summer on its beaches.
Source: Nice Matin