Explosions heard in western Crimea, test of civil defense alert system planned

1 March, 12:29 PM

"Bavovna" occurs periodically in the occupied Crimea (Photo:vanek_nikolaev/Telegram)

Loud explosions were heard in the west of Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimea overnight on March 1, local Telegram channels reported in the early hours.

Blasts were heard in the Yevpatoria area and around the village of Chornomorske on the peninsula’s west coast.

“Around 2:30 a.m., there was a loud explosion in the Yevpatoria area, our subscribers report,” Telegram channels “Explosions were heard in Chornomorske all night until 5 a.m. The windows shook from the explosions at 1:54, 2:55, and 4:20 a.m.,” they reported on social networks.

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Three more loud explosions were heard near the village of Molochne.

Some heard the sound of an explosion even in the north of Sevastopol, far to the south.

The occupation authorities have not yet commented on the causes of the explosions.

On the face of this information, the civil defense alert system will be tested on the peninsula.

A local Russian cell operator reported that at 10:43 a.m. on March 1, Russian TV is scheduled to “conduct a comprehensive check of the readiness of the public notification systems.”

“A verification (test) video lasting no more than one minute with the signal of emergency services and emergency services will be broadcast,” they wrote.

On Feb. 28, a series of mysterious explosions and other incidents related to the appearance of unknown drones occurred in various regions of Russia.

On the night of Feb. 28, the authorities of the Russian city of Belgorod reported that three drones had crashed in the area.

Another incident was reported in another Russian town – Tuapse in Krasnodarsky Krai region. Two unknown drones exploded at an oil terminal there on Feb. 28, causing a large fire at the facility.

And in St. Petersburg, an emergency plan called “Kovyor” (Russian for “carpet”) was activated in morning due to an unknown object being detected in the airspace above the city. Airports in the city were closed to civilian aircraft for several hours.

Later, near the suburbs of Moscow, an unidentified drone crashed near a facility belonging to gian Russian gas company Gazprom.

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