Ammunition detonated at an airfield in Moscow-annexed Crimea earlier but there were no victims, the Russian defense ministry says.
The blasts at the Saki airfield took place on the 167th day of Moscow’s military intervention in Ukraine.
“Several aviation munitions detonated” near the settlement of Novofyodorovka, the defense ministry says in a statement carried by Russian news agencies. “As a result of the explosion, no one was hurt.”
The Russian defense ministry says it is looking to establish the reason for the explosions but indicates that the airfield was not targeted in an attack.
According to dramatic footage on social media, vactioners left the local beach in panic as large plumes of black smoke billowed into the sky. Cars rushed to leave Novofyodorovka, as ambulances were dispatched to the scene.
Congratulations to ???????? for striking Crimea for the first time.
They hit something highly explosive at the Saki Airbase.
The secondary explosion could be seen from miles away.
Probably a Tochka-U strike as Saki is nearly 200 km from the front. pic.twitter.com/ZjW2WUmRZu
— Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) August 9, 2022