The Russian occupation administration of Ukraine’s Crimea decided to close the bridge from the Ukrainian peninsula to Russia until 6.00 a.m. on Aug. 17, Ukrainian news station Channel 24 reported.
Referring to reports from Ukrainian intelligence, Channel 24 said that Russians residing in Crimea had begun to take their families and themselves to Russia following yet another series of explosions on the peninsula.
According to Ukrainian military intel, the occupation “authorities” are spreading information that the bridge will soon be targeted by the Ukrainian Armed Forces, so it is being closed for the safety of civilians.
Explosions were heard again in Russian-occupied Crimea on Aug. 16. In the morning, an ammunition depot exploded near the village of Azovske in Dzhankoy District, and a fire broke out at an electricity transformer station in Dzhankoy itself. Later, explosions hit an air base near the Crimean capital Simferopol.
Russia blames the explosions on “accidents,” but the evidence points to these being attacks by Ukraine – either by long-range missiles or rockets or, as some Ukrainian officials have hinted anonymously, by Ukrainian special operations sabotage groups working behind enemy lines.
A series of blasts rocked the Novofedorivka airfield near the resort town of Saky, in Russia-occupied Crimea, on Aug. 9. Russia claims “several aviation munitions detonated,” causing an “accident” that killed one person and injured 14. At the same time, the Russian side did not report the destruction of any military equipment.
Later satellite imagery showed that at least a dozen Russian warplanes had in fact been destroyed.