Explosion at Crimean base: Russia denounces 'act of sabotage' | War in Ukraine

Explosion in a base in Crimea: Russia denounces an “act of sabotage” | War in Ukraine

The explosion in Djankoy district, northern Crimea, would be due to “an act of sabotage”, according to the Russian army.

A fire at a Russian military base in Crimea caused an explosion of ammunition on Tuesday morning, indicated the Russian Defense Ministry in a statement.

The fire broke out around 3:15 a.m. GMT (11:15 p.m. Monday EST) at an ammunition depot in Djankoi district in northern Crimea. Following the fire, a detonation occurred, the Russian army statement said.

Two civilians were injured, and the inhabitants of a nearby village were evacuated, reported the governor of Crimea, Sergey Aksionov, who visited the scene. The explosions were still continuing at 6:15 UT.

The Russian army has denounced an act of sabotage, without however naming those responsible.

A number of civilian infrastructures, including a high voltage line, a power plant, a railway line, as well as several houses were also damaged, notes the Russian army.

In reaction to the explosions at the Russian military base, the head of the Ukrainian presidential administration, Andriï Yermak, hailed on Telegram a "demilitarization" craftsmanship by the Ukrainian armed forces. He added that the operations will continue until the complete liberation of Ukrainian territories.

The morning near Jankoy began with explosions, the presidential adviser said on Twitter Ukrainian, Mikhaïlo Podoliak.

These explosions at the Djankoy base came a week after an ammunition explosion at another depot located on the grounds of the Saki military airfield – in western Crimea. This left one dead and several injured.

Russian planes regularly take off from Crimea to carry out attacks on targets under the control of kyiv; but many areas of Crimea are also within range of Ukrainian drones and guns.

Crimea, a peninsula of Ukraine annexed by Moscow in 2014, has been at the forefront of Russia's military offensive against its Ukrainian neighbor since February 24.

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French President Emmanuel Macron and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky discussed on Tuesday the situation at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, which is under Russian control . The plant is a recurring target of strikes.

The telephone conversation lasted more than an hour, said the French presidency, which should communicate the content of the exchanges between Mr. Macron and Mr. Zelensky later in the day on Tuesday.

The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is the largest in Europe. It was taken by Russian troops at the start of the invasion of Ukraine.

Several strikes have hit the plant since the end of July. Moscow and kyiv accuse each other of targeting the plant.

The attacks raise fears of a nuclear catastrophe, prompting the UN Security Council to meet last week .

A disaster in Zaporizhia could threaten the whole of Europe, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned on Monday, accusing the Russian army of bombing surrounding towns and communities from this nuclear site.

The last telephone conversation between the two men dated back to August 1.

With information from Agence France-Presse

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