Explosions again rock Sevastopol in Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimea

4 January, 12:57 PM
Belbek Airport, 2019 (Photo:Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation)

Belbek Airport, 2019 (Photo:Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation)

Explosions rocked the city of Sevastopol in Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimea early on Jan. 4,  local Telegram channels reported.

The blasts were heard in the city’s Fruktove and Soldatske districts.

“‘The Fruktove district: there was such a bang that the windows were shaking,’ ‘some strong ‘bavovna’ (lit. ‘cotton’ in English, a euphemism used in Ukraine to describe an explosion in Russia) in the Soldatske district,’” the reports said.

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Meanwhile, the occupying authorities of Sevastopol announced that the Russian air defense had allegedly downed two drones over the sea near the Belbek airfield.

Belbek is one of the main Russian military air bases on the occupied peninsula. Explosions already occurred there in August 2022.

Ukraine’s General Staff has not yet commented on the incident.

Powerful explosions were reported in the cities of Dzhankoy and Yevpatoria in Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimea on Dec. 31.

The chief of Ukraine’s Military Intelligence Directorate, Kyrylo Budanov, said on Sept. 30 that the Ukrainian army could start retaking Russian-occupied Crimea by the end of the spring.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in August that Russia’s war against Ukraine should end with the liberation of Crimea, just as it began with its occupation.

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