Explosions at Russian airbase at Saki in the Crimean Peninsula under Russian control have left one person dead and numerous more injured, according to local Russian authorities.
The base, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense, experienced weapons explosions; it was emphasized that the installation had not been shelled.
Russian airbase attack at Crimea
The Saki base, according to the Russian Defense Ministry, experienced weapons explosions, and it was made clear that the facility had not been shelled.
However, there was a lot of talk on Ukrainian social media that it had been struck by long-range missiles fired from their country.
The social media outcome
Regarding an attack, there was no immediate statement from Ukrainian officials.
Sunbathers were seen running away from a neighboring beach in unverified footage that was uploaded to social media. Huge plumes of smoke from the explosions were visible in the distance. Videos shared on social media showed beachgoers running away from a neighboring beach as massive plumes of smoke rose over the horizon from the blasts.
According to Sergey Aksyonov, the administrator of Crimea, one person was slain. Konstantin Skorupsky, the director of Crimea’s healthcare system, had earlier stated that five people had been hurt, one of whom had been hospitalized, and the others had been treated for cuts from glass fragments and released.
One civilian was killed
According to Sergei Aksyonov, the Crimean leader of the region, one person was slain. Five persons were injured, one of them was hospitalized, according to Konstantin Skorupsky, head of Crimea’s health department. The other four were treated for cuts from glass fragments and released, he added.
Moscow’s officials have long warned Kiev that any assault on Crimea would result in fierce retaliation, including attacks on Kyiv’s “decision-making centers.”
Russian airplanes quickly launched strikes against targets in southern Ukraine from the Saki base.
At least three Ukrainian citizens were killed and 23 were injured by Russian shelling the previous day, according to Ukrainian officials. One of the attacks occurred not far from the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power facility.
Ukraine issues a cryptic statement
Ambulances and medical helicopters were dispatched to the Saki airbase, and a five-kilometer perimeter around the region was blocked off, according to Aksyonov (three miles).
Mykhailo Podolyak, a counselor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, tweeted shortly after the blasts that Crimea’s future was to be a “jewel of the Black Sea… Not a military base for terrorists,” without specifically mentioning the blast at Saki.
Demilitarization of the Russian Federation — an integral part of global security ensuring. The future of the Crimea is to be a pearl of the Black Sea, a national park with unique nature and a world resort. Not a military base for terrorists. It is just the beginning.— Михайло Подоляк (@Podolyak_M) August 9, 2022
Moscow’s officials have long warned Kiev that any assault on Crimea would result in fierce retaliation, including assaults on Kyiv’s “decision-making centers.”
Russian jets have launched impromptu attacks on targets in southern Ukraine from the Saki base. Kherson, an area of southern Ukraine that is currently under Russian authority, borders Crimea.
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It is also close to Zaporizhia, which is home to Europe’s largest nuclear power plant and is partially occupied by the Russian military.
Ukraine and Russia Accusations
In recent days, Ukraine and Russia have accused one another of shelling the power facility, which is the largest nuclear reactor in Europe, escalating global fears of a catastrophe.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of Ukraine, referred to the 1986 Chornobyl nuclear plant tragedy in his weekly video address. At the time, Ukraine was still a Soviet republic. He demanded more sanctions against Russia and charged it with endangering another nuclear catastrophe.
He declared, “We are actively educating the world about Russian nuclear blackmail.
According to the Kremlin, the Ukrainian military was bombing the plant, and it pleaded with Western nations to put pressure on Kyiv to cease.
After last week’s shelling, an official deployed by Russia in the partially occupied Zaporizhzhia area stated the plant’s air defense
system would be strengthened. Power lines and other damaged areas of the facility have been repaired, according to Evgeny Balitsky, leader of the Kremlin-backed administration, who spoke to Russian state television.
Balitsky stated that “the plant is running normally but, of course, with an additional level of security.”
In recent weeks, Ukrainian forces have launched counterattacks in Russian-occupied regions of southern Ukraine while also attempting to repel Russian forces in the industrial Donbas region of the country’s east.
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