Russian military comments on explosions in Crimea

Explosions at Saki airfield were caused by detonation of aviation munitions, Defense Ministry says

The Russian Defense Ministry issued an official statement on the explosions at the Saki military airfield in the Crimean Peninsula, explaining that the incident was caused by the detonation of aviation munitions stored at the site.

The explosions occurred near the town of Novofedorovka on Tuesday afternoon, with residents reporting hearing several explosions coming from the airfield and sharing videos online showing smoke coming from the area. According to eyewitnesses, the explosions knocked down the windows of houses near the airfield.

Moscow said no one was injured in the blast and no aircraft equipment at the airfield was damaged by the blasts.

“Measures are being taken to extinguish the fire and find out the causes of the explosion. According to a report from the site, there was no fire impact on the protected ammunition storage area of ​​the airfield », said the Ministry of Defense.

Local authorities said that all necessary measures have been reinforced to ensure the safety of infrastructure and the population near the airfield.

Novofedorovka is located on the coast of Crimea about 40 kilometers northwest of the regional capital, Simferopol. Saki Airbase is on the outskirts of the settlement, and some personnel live in the town.

In Soviet times, the airfield was a training center for aircraft carrier pilots. The Russian Navy has used it to train pilots since Crimea joined Russia in 2014.


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