Another explosion hits occupied Sevastopol early morning

20 August, 02:00 PM
An explosion rang out in Sevastopol near the headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation (Photo:State of Emergency Sevastopol (ЧП Севастополь) / Telegram)

An explosion rang out in Sevastopol near the headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation (Photo:State of Emergency Sevastopol (ЧП Севастополь) / Telegram)

Another blast rocked the city of Sevastopol in Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimea early on Aug. 20.

The invaders claim the blast occurred near the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet with a Ukrainian drone allegedly striking the roof of the building.

The local Telegram messengers were the first that reported the blast near the fleet headquarters. They also published a video of smoke over the building. Video of a drone alleged to be the one that hit the headquarters were also soon circulating on social media.

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The so-called “governor” of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhaev, said the drone had been allegedly “shot down” by an air defense post from small arms.

“A drone fell on the roof 25 minutes ago,” he said on Telegram.

“Unfortunately, it wasn’t shot down, although they (air defense) worked over the bay with small arms. It was flying low... The drone was shot down right over the fleet headquarters. It fell on the roof and burst into flames. The hit failed.”

Razvozhaev said there were no casualties or serious damage as a result of the incident.

Rescue teams have cordoned off the building, while residents are urged not to go outside.

Earlier, residents of Sevastopol reported the blasts late on Aug. 19.

Razvozhaev claimed that “popping” in the city center and near Streletska Bay had been caused by the work of air defense and ship’s artillery, which allegedly shot down a drone.

Prior to that, the Russian invaders reported that air defenses in Yevpatoria had been activated.

In addition, residents of the city of Kerch on the eastern tip of the peninsula heard loud bangs resembling explosions on the evening of Aug. 18. Residents of Sevastopol also reported explosions near the Belbek airfield.

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