Evacuations in Crimea due to a large fire at a military base

Evacuations in Crimea due to a large fire at a military base

July 19, 2023, 11:52 AM

July 19, 2023, 11:52 AM

A fire broke out at the military training ground in the Kirovske districton the Crimean peninsula, forced the evacuation of more than 2,000 people and the closure of a nearby highway, the Moscow-backed governor of Crimea said on Wednesday (07.19.2023).

“It is planned to temporarily evacuate the more than 2,000 residents”said Governor Sergei Aksyonov, through the Telegram messaging application.

Two Russian online media, Mash and Baza, close to Moscow’s security services, reported that detonations had been heard in the area for two hours. According to Mash, there is an ammunition warehouse on fire. For their part, the Russian authorities, including the army, did not confirm the ammunition explosion or point to possible causes of the fire.

On the sidelines, Russian Telegram channels and Ukrainian media reported that a ammunition depot was burning at the base after a nighttime Ukrainian airstrike.

Besides Russia has had to cut the Tavrida highway, which connects Kerch, on the Azov Sea, con Sevastopol, on the Black Sea.

Explosions continue at a Russian military training camp on Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. where a fire broke out this Wednesday in an ammunition depot. “There are still explosions, the situation is changing,” the president of the Crimean Parliament, Vladimir Konstantinov, told Russian television channel Rossia-24.

Since the start of the offensive against Ukraine in February 2022, Crimea, annexed by Russia in 2014, is a frequent target of drone strikes air and naval.

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