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Explosions hit military base in Russian-occupied Crimea

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Published: 16:21, 16 August 2022  
Explosions hit military base in Russian-occupied Crimea

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A military base in Russian-occupied Crimea has been hit by several large explosions. Videos on social media show blasts in the northern part of the peninsula, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

Russia's defence ministry says a fire caused ammunition to detonate at a temporary military site, and it is investigating the cause. An adviser to Ukraine's President Zelensky calls the fresh explosions "demilitarisation in action", reports BBC.

Last week, a Russian military base in Crimea was severely damaged in a series of explosions which destroyed warplanes. Ukraine did not confirm it was responsible but experts suggested it was a successful, targeted attack.

Sergei Aksyonov, head of Crimea's Russian-appointed administration, says residents were evacuated from the village.

The Russian defence ministry confirmed the explosions, saying fire erupted at a "site for temporary storage of ammunition of one of the military units".

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