Satellite images confirm that at least ten Russian warplanes were destroyed in massive explosions Tuesday at an air base in Crimea, reported BBC news.
Ukrainian Open-source-intelligence (OSINT) specialist has released high-resolution satellite images confirming that Russian military aircraft were destroyed at a major Russian base in Crimea.
Footage from the scene showed large plumes of smoke billowing into the air. The Russian defence ministry said the blasts had been caused by detonated aviation ammunition, Russian state media RIA Novosti reported.
“Around 3.20pm, several aviation munitions detonated on the territory of the airfield ‘Saki’ near the settlement of Novofedorivka,” the ministry said in the statement, according to RIA Novosti.
A comparison of August 9th and August 10th imagery shows many destroyed military aircraft and destroyed buildings.
Ukraine stopped short of publicly claiming responsibility for the explosions at the Saki air base, even while ridiculing Russia’s denial of an attack. Moscow claimed that munitions caught fire and exploded, killing one person and injuring at least 13 others.
Russia’s Defense Ministry denied that the Saki base on the Black Sea had been shelled and said that munitions had blown up there instead.
Russia’s state news agency Tass quoted an unidentified ministry source as saying the explosions’ primary cause appeared to be a “violation of fire safety requirements.” The ministry said no warplanes were damaged.
Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said sarcastically on Facebook: “The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine cannot establish the cause of the fire, but once again recalls the rules of fire safety and the prohibition of smoking in unspecified places.”
The Ukrainian air force says nine Russian warplanes were destroyed in massive explosions Tuesday at an air base in Crimea.
There was no word from the Ukrainian side about any possible attacks in the area. Ukraine is not known to have struck the territory of Crimea since the Russian invasion began.
The explosions came just hours after the Ukrainian military carried out what appeared to have been their deepest strike yet into Russian occupied regions in southern Ukraine near the Crimean peninsula.
Serhii Khlan, adviser to the head of Kherson Civil Military Administration, said on Ukrainian television on Tuesday: “This morning there was a good news, there was a very powerful detonation in Henichesk region.”
Henichesk is in the southern Kherson region and about 200km from the nearest Ukrainian front line.
Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and considers Crimea part of its territory. Kyiv and its allies do not recognise the annexation and consider the peninsula Ukrainian territory under Russian occupation.
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