Russia claimed that the large explosions in the Dzhankoi ammo depot and the military airfield near Simferopol in Crimea was caused by sabotage.
“On the morning of 16 August, as a result of sabotage, a military ammunition storage site was damaged in the area of the settlement of Dzhankoi. Damage was caused to a number of civilian facilities, including a power line, a power station and a railway line, as well as a number of residential apartment buildings,” said the Russian Ministry of Defense.
According to the ministry, they are already taking steps to mitigate the damage caused by the alleged sabotage.
No one was reported injured or killed, but an evacuation order was given to residents living nearby.
“I gave the command – now the 5-kilometre zone is cordoned off, the taking out of all people who are in the 5-kilometre zone is underway… About two thousand people have been evacuated from the emergency zone in the Dzhankoi district,” said Sergey Aksyonov, self-proclaimed Prime Minister of occupied Crimea.
A large explosion was also reported at the military airfield in the village of Hvardiiske, Simferopol district of Crimea.
Evacuation orders were also issued for Simferopol residents, while no injuries or deaths were reported as well.
Ukrainian forces have not yet claimed responsibility for the explosions but said that they have sent out airstrike sorties against Russian targets.
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