An ‘apocalyptic’ mushroom cloud erupted after a suspected Ukrainian attack on a major Russian munitions depot early this morning.
Huge fireballs and clouds of smoke erupted over the eastern part of the annexed Crimean peninsula. Incessant explosions could be heard from at least 13 miles away.
Ukrainian channel Crimean Wind reported many dead and wounded at the military training center at the center of the blast, but Sergei Aksyonov, the Moscow-appointed head of Crimea, quickly denied that.
Unconfirmed local reports suggest three airstrikes on a ‘warehouse’ in a military training area, followed by explosions and fires.
The Moscow Times reported that the attack may have been carried out by UK-supplied Storm Shadow missiles.
Smoke and flames rise from an explosion during a fire at a military training ground in Crimea’s Kirovsk district
Huge fireballs and clouds of smoke spread across the eastern part of the annexed Crimean peninsula
An ‘apocalyptic’ mushroom cloud has risen over a Russian ammunition depot after a suspected Ukrainian attack early this morning.
According to Ukrainian channel Crimean Wind, many dead and injured at the military training center at the center of the explosion.
The occupying Russian army has closed the main Tavrida highway – connecting to the Crimean bridge – which was hit by a Ukrainian naval drone on Monday.
About 2,250 people were evacuated from four settlements near the Starokrymsky military training ground. The villages were named Krainichki, Aivazovskoye, Abrikosovka and Privetnoe.
The explosions continued for more than four hours after starting at 4.30 am in the Kirovsky district. Thick smoke was seen billowing in the sky.
‘It’s the scene of the apocalypse,’ said a passing driver.
Russian authorities controlling Crimea did not elaborate on the cause of the fire.
Aksyonov said: ‘Investigating authorities will establish the cause of the fire at the training ground in the Kirovsky district.
‘There were no casualties,’ he tried to claim. ‘Assistance is being provided to evacuees.
“The people staying at the temporary accommodation center will be provided with everything they need.
‘Fluidity of results [of the explosions] Will be done as soon as possible… Please keep calm and trust only official sources of information.’
The blasts came as Russia launched an explosive offensive in Odessa for the second night in a row.
Unconfirmed local reports suggested three airstrikes on a ‘warehouse’ in a military training area as fireballs swept through the air.
An explosion of fireballs in the distance caused the impact to be heard at least 13 miles away
Smoke billows across the sky after a Russian ammunition depot exploded following a suspected Ukrainian attack on the Starokrymsky military training ground.
The Moscow Times suggested that the attack on the Russian weapons depot may have been carried out by UK-supplied Storm Shadow missiles.
A video shows the launch of an Onyx missile – up to 500 miles – from Sevastopol’s Cossack Bay. According to reports, about ten missiles were fired.
Ukraine’s General Staff reported that the country was attacked by 6 caliber cruise missiles and 35 drones overnight. The capital, Kiev, has also become a Russian target.
Footage a day earlier showed Russia’s devastating cruise missile attack on Odessa for the second night in a row.
The blast in the city was seen as ‘revenge’ for insulting Putin by striking Ukraine’s £3bn Crimean bridge with a kamikaze maritime drone on Monday.
The video shows a huge explosion as the Kh-22 and Onyx missiles hit the port. Drones have also been used in attacks.
Reports say Moscow has destroyed warehouses used to deliver grain to the world’s most needy countries.
Putin has blocked the renewal of an agreement between the warring states that allows exports to travel across the Black Sea to the world.
Russia’s attack on Ukraine in Odesa shows a crater created during a Russian missile and drone strike
A firefighter works at a storage facility during a Russian missile and drone strike in Odessa, Ukraine.
A firefighter works at a storage facility during a Russian missile and drone attack in Odessa, Ukraine yesterday, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine.
A port grain loader burns after being damaged during a Russian missile and drone strike
“Kh-22 and Onyx missile launches were aimed at infrastructure in the Odesa region,” the Ukrainian Air Force said.
“It was a hellish night,” said Serhii Brachuk, spokesman for the regional military administration. The attack was ‘very strong, really extensive’.
Warehouses including tobacco, fireworks, tourist bases and hotels were damaged, the regional military administration said. Six sought medical attention.
Russian military blogger Vladimir Romanov said Putin’s forces hit port infrastructure, a military unit in Usatovo – including air defense systems and tank depots.
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