A burning ammunition depot in Russia and Russian bombardments in Ukraine | War in Ukraine

A burning ammunition depot in Russia and Russian shelling in Ukraine | War in Ukraine

Missiles are launched from the Belgorod region of Russia, 80 kilometers from Kharkiv, on August 18, 2022 .

Two Russian villages were evacuated on Thursday due to a fire that broke out at an ammunition depot near the border with Ukraine, local authorities said.

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This fire comes a few days after explosions on a military base and an ammunition depot located in Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula annexed by Moscow, Russia recognizing in the latter case an act of sabotage.

An ammunition depot caught fire near the village of Timonovo, located less than 50 km from the Ukrainian border in Belgorod province, the region's governor, Vyacheslav Gladkov, said in a statement.

No casualties, but residents of Timonovo and the nearby village of Soloti have been moved to a safe distance, he said, adding that authorities were investigating the reasons for the this fire.

In a video posted on social media, a huge ball of fire could be seen releasing a thick column of black smoke. In another, several explosions in close succession could be seen in the distance.

The fire that started on Thursday is part of a series of explosions affecting Russian military installations in Crimea.

At the beginning of August, the explosion of ammunition intended for military aviation near the Saki military airfield caused one death and several injuries.

Explosions left one dead and several injured on Tuesday at an ammunition depot in Crimea.

A few days later, an ammunition depot was blown up by explosions. In the latter case, Moscow admitted, a rare occurrence, an act of sabotage.

For their part, Russian forces on Thursday evening shot down a drone near the airport of Sevastopol, the largest city in Crimea and headquarters of the Russian fleet in the Black Sea, according to local authorities.

Shortly before, Russian anti-aircraft defense had been activated near the city of Kerch, also in Crimea, where there is a bridge connecting the peninsula to mainland Russia, built at great expense after the annexation.

On Wednesday, through the voice of an adviser to the presidency, Mikhaïlo Podoliak, kyiv had threatened to dismantle this bridge that many Russians going to or returning from vacation in Crimea currently use.

Since the start of the Russian offensive in Ukraine in late February, Moscow has repeatedly accused Ukrainian forces of carrying out strikes on its soil, particularly in the Belgorod region.

Last month, missiles fell on the city of Belgorod, capital of the province, killing four people, according to local authorities.

In early April, Mr. Gladkov accused Ukraine of carrying out an attack on a fuel depot in Belgorod with two helicopters.

On Thursday, bombs fell shot down in the Kharkiv region of northeastern Ukraine. The Ukrainians accused the Russians of bombing residential areas, killing 6 there on Thursday after killing 13 the day before.

< p>“Last night and this morning were the most tragic times in Kharkiv since the beginning of the war.

—Igor Terekhov, Mayor of Kharkiv

Mayor Igor Terekhov has signaled that Friday will be a day of mourning for the victims.

A strike hit a tram station in Kharkiv on August 18, 2022.

Located about forty kilometers from the Russian border, Ukraine's second city is regularly shelled by the Russian army, which has never managed to seize it. Hundreds of civilians have been killed in this region, according to the Ukrainian authorities.

In the south of the country, one person died and two others were injured and hospitalized after a strike in Mykolaiv, announced its mayor, Oleksandr Senkevych.

With information from Agence France-Presse

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