Russian karting tournament finals moved from Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimea

2 September, 02:35 PM
Roman Faassen – the grandson of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin (

Roman Faassen – the grandson of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin (

 Following a series of August explosions across several Russian military bases in occupied Crimea, the finals of Russia’s kart racing championship will take place in Grozny, Chechnya – instead of Yevpatoria in western Crimea.

U.S.-funded Russian-language media outlet Current Time reported on Sep. 2 that the tournament’s organizers made the decision after the Aug. 9 attack on Saky airfield, 20 kilometers from Yevpatoria.

Notably, the karting competition features 10-year-old Roman Faassen – the grandson of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

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The announcement of the new location for the grand finals was made on Aug. 19.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s adviser Mykhailo Podolyak earlier said Ukraine was gearing up for the “active liberation” of Crimea, and called on locals to be ready to evacuate.

A series of explosions devastated several Russian airbases across Crimea in August, destroying at least nine fixed-wing aircraft. Some experts suggested the attacks have crippled Moscow’s naval aviation, limiting its reach into contested areas in southern Ukraine.

President Zelenskyy said in Aug. 30 that Ukraine will continue to target enemy command centers, ammunition depots, and military bases across all occupied Ukrainian territories, including in Ukraine’s Crimea, which has been under military occupation by Russia since 2014.

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