Russian citizens are fleeing Crimea en masse following a string of explosions at Russian military facilities in the temporarily occupied peninsula, Tamila Tasheva, the president's representative in the autonomous republic, announced on her Facebook page on Aug. 16.
"This is how the war ‘unexpectedly’ came to Crimea,” she said.
“The occupiers and colonizers are already fleeing. Detonations in Dzhankoy district. People are hiding in basements. There are huge queues to leave Crimea. For six months of the large-scale war and last week, the occupation administration declared that Crimea and its people are in no danger. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation says again — ‘fire at an ammunition depot’... People know differently."
A series of explosions occurred at the Russian military unit in the Dzhankoy district on the morning of Aug. 16.
Initially, the Russian Ministry of Defense claimed that the cause was an alleged accidental ignition, but later declared that it was a matter of "sabotage."
According to eyewitnesses, who confirmed and published videos on social media, a powerful explosion occurred on the territory of the military unit, after which the ordnance stored there began to detonate.
Besides, in parallel with this, a transformer station caught fire near Dzhankoy.
Earlier, on Aug. 9, a series of explosions rang out in Crimea at the military airfield in Saky district, whereby at least nine Russian planes were destroyed.
This was followed by the first wave of mass flight of Russians from the Ukrainian peninsula, which has been under Russian military occupation since 2014.