Ukraine calls explosions in Crimea "violation of fire safety rules." Russian Defense Ministry claims sabotage
16 August, 2022

At a briefing in "Media Center - Ukraine", Yuriy Ihnat, the spokesman of the Air Force of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, called the explosions in the Dzhankoy district in the temporarily occupied Crimea "non-observance of fire safety rules." At the same time, the Ministry of Defense of Russia called it "sabotage".

"There is an official position of the Ukrainian top military leadership regarding these events: it is crazy, the enemy does not know how to use any fire safety measures. But, of course, it pleases us all. Not only the military, but all of Ukraine," Ihnat said.

The spokesman expressed the hope that as a result of such "violation of fire safety rules" the enemy will lose equipment and personnel.

According to Ihnat, it is too early to talk about the losses of Russians during these explosions, but Ukrainian intelligence already has "some data". He added that the satellite images are likely to be released online soon.

The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation called the explosions in Dzhankoy sabotage. It is said that a military warehouse, a power line, a power station, a railway line, as well as allegedly a number of residential buildings were damaged.

Explosions in Crimea

On the morning of August 16, explosions rang out in the Dzhankoy district of occupied Crimea. Two incidents occurred: a fire at a transformer station in Dzhankoy and ammunition explosions in Maiske.

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. Two civilians were allegedly injured, but their lives are not in danger.

Approximately 2,000 people were evacuated from Maiske. They were put up in schools in nearby villages.

The advisor to the head of the President's Office, Mykhailo Podolyak, called the situation in Crimea "demilitarization in action."