On the morning of August 16, explosions rang out in the Dzhankoy district of occupied Crimea. Sergei Aksyonov, the so-called "head" of the occupation administration of Crimea, has traveled to the site, reported pro-Russian Telegram channels.
Propagandist Telegram channels indicate that two incidents occurred in the morning: a fire at a transformer station in Dzhankoy and ammunition explosions in Maiske. The fire at the transformer station was contained.
The "head" of the occupied Crimea Aksyonov announced that he had left for Maiske, although did not provide further details.
Russia's TASS news agency confirmed the detonation of ammunition in the north of Crimea. As a result of this incident, residents of Maiske are being evacuated.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation confirmed the explosions of ordnance. According to their data, the fire occurred at the site of temporary storage of ammunition of one of the military units. They say that there are no serious injuries. The fire is being extinguished.
The "leader" of Crimea, Aksyonov, said that the detonation of ammunition continues. Two civilians were injured, but, according to him, their lives are not in danger.
Reaction of Ukraine
The Ukrainian military has not yet commented on the explosions on the peninsula. But the advisor to the head of the President's Office, Mykhailo Podolyak, called the situation in Crimea "demilitarization in action."
"The Crimea of a normal country is about the Black Sea, mountains, recreation and tourism. And Crimea, occupied by Russian militants, is about warehouse explosions and the growing danger of death for invaders and thieves," wrote Podolyak.
Several explosions rang out on the territory of the military airfield near the settlement of Novofedorivka in the occupied Crimea on August 9. The Russian Ministry of Defense said that several aviation munitions were detonated at the Saky airfield and denied the involvement of Ukrainian forces in the explosions, as well as denying the loss of aircraft.
The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reported that it could not establish the cause of the ignition that led to the explosions. However, the Air Force of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said that nine Russian warplanes were destroyed in the Saky district.
According to CNN, at least seven Russian military aircraft were destroyed at the airfield. So Russia appears to have suffered the largest single-day aviation loss since World War II.
The New York Times, citing a high-ranking Ukrainian military officer, wrote that the Ukrainian Armed Forces were behind the explosions in Crimea.