Russian occupation authorities to blame blasts at military facilities in Crimea on selected officials, says Uk

27 August, 04:11 PM
Blasts to be hidden from public if possible, blamed on officials’ negligence if news of them spreads (Photo:Maxar Technologies/Handout)

Blasts to be hidden from public if possible, blamed on officials’ negligence if news of them spreads (Photo:Maxar Technologies/Handout)

The Russian occupation administration of Ukraine’s Crimea are to blame local officials for explosions at Russian military facilities on the peninsula if news of them reaches the public, the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said in a Telegram messenger post on Aug. 27.

According to the intelligence, Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister Dmitry Bulgakov during a special meeting ordered that the facts about explosions occurring at ammunition depots and military facilities be hidden if at all possible.

“(But) in cases when information about the destruction of military facilities becomes known to the public, to prevent even greater panic, the invaders will talk about the negligence of certain officials, whose names have already been established and who will be held accountable,” Ukrainian intelligence said.

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It is also emphasized that thousands of Russians are trying to urgently leave the territory of the occupied Crimea.

Several powerful blasts hit a Russian air base near the village of Novofedorivka in the west of Crimea on Aug. 9.

U.S. media later reported Ukraine was behind the attack, although Kyiv officially denies responsibility.

The next day, Ukraine’s General Staff announced the destruction of nine Russian planes as a result of the blasts.

Forbes later reported that between eight and 24 Russian aircraft were destroyed by the explosions.

Explosions were heard again in Russian-occupied Crimea a week later, on Aug. 16. In the morning, an ammunition depot exploded near the village of Azovske in the Dzhankoy district, and a fire broke out at an electricity transformer station in Dzhankoy itself.

In the following days, explosions were heard in Kerch, Sevastopol, Yevpatoria, Bakhchisarai, and several other cities, including near military facilities and airfields. The occupation authorities assure that the air defense system has been activated and claim to have downed drones.

The attack on the Belbek military airfield near Sevastopol was one of the most significant ones.

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