Ukraine war: Explosions rock Russian base in Ukraine’s Crimea

A military base in Russian-occupied Crimea has been hit by a series of explosions, reportedly leaving at least two people hurt.

Russian officials said a fire triggered the blasts at an arms dump in the Dzhankoi area in northern Crimea.

A fire was also visible at an electricity substation.

What caused the blasts is unclear, but last week Russian warplanes were destroyed in an apparent Ukrainian attack on the Crimean coast.

Russia’s defence ministry said the fire had broken out at a temporary ammunition storage site near the village of Maiske at around 06:15 Moscow time (03:15 GMT) and that the cause was being investigated. The ministry said there had been no “serious” casualties, but a Russian-appointed official said two people had been wounded.

Ukrainian presidential office adviser Mykhailo Podolyak described the incident as “demilitarisation in action”, indicating that the explosions were not accidental. A Crimean Tatar leader, Refat Chubarov, also described the explosions as a…

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