BREAKING UPDATE: Russian Defence Ministry claims explosions in Crimea were a result of “sabotage”

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BREAKING UPDATE: Russian Defence Ministry claims explosions in Crimea were a result of "sabotage" Credit: Twitter @GirkinGirkin

The Russian Defence Ministry said that the explosions seen in Crimea were sabotage.

Update (August 16) “On the morning of 16 August, a military warehouse near the village of Dzhankoy was damaged in a sabotage, stated the Defence Ministry.

“Damage was caused to a number of civilian facilities, including power lines, a power station, a railway line, as well as a number of residential buildings. There were no serious casualties. The necessary measures are being taken to eliminate the consequences of the sabotage.”

In addition a spokesman for Ukraine’s  Air Force reportedly mocked Russia over the explosions:

Update (August 16) “«The authorities» of temporarily occupied Crimea stop all passenger trains from the mainland due to the explosions near Dzhankoi, they will stop near Feodosia.”

“Russia had been transferring its military equipment to southern Ukraine through Dzhankoi Railway station.”

The first photos of the damage inflicted on the railway tracks have also begun to circulate on social media:

Original (August 16) Reports of explosions in Russian-occupied Crimea that were reportedly due to a missile strike on an ammunition depot began to circulate on social media on Tuesday, August 16.

Video footage of the explosions in Russian-occupied Crimea were shared on Twitter:

“Azov Sea, Crimea”

“Jankoi on the line: Most likely a military warehouse that the old farm was recently converted into.”

“They blew up an ammunition depot in Azovskoye, now they are flying in different directions. I have a son serving in Dzhankoy. Scary”

“The circumstances of the incident are being investigated. The circumstances of the incident are being clarified. I will inform you as information becomes available.”

Further footage of the explosions in Russian-occupied Crimea were shared with one user stating: 

“Residents report explosions in the Dzhankoi district of temporarily occupied Crimea. According to preliminary information, a Russian ammunition depot is being detonated.”

One of the leaders of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, Refat Chubarov, wrote that from temporarily occupied Crimea they reported “a precise hit on an Ork military unit in the village of Qalay (now Azovskoye) in Dzhankoy district”.

He later updated the post at 7:41. am stating: “hit an ammunition depot, the sounds from the explosions are spreading far across the steppe.”

The news follows reports of Russia’s Saky Airbase near Novofedorivka in Crimea being hit by Ukraine’s forces, which apparently led to the destruction of at least nine Russian planes.

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