A major Russian ammunition depot has exploded unleashing an ‘apocalyptic’ mushroom cloud after alleged Ukrainian attacks early today.
Huge balls of fire and clouds of smoke erupted at the site in the eastern part of the annexed Crimean peninsula. The incessant explosions could be heard from at least 13 miles away.
Many were killed and injured at the military training ground epicenter of the blasts, Ukraine’s Crimean Wind channel reported, but this was quickly denied by Moscow-appointed Crimea chief Sergey Aksyonov.
Unconfirmed local reports suggested as many as three airstrikes on a “warehouse” in the military training area, after which explosions and flames spread.
The attack may have been carried out by UK-supplied Storm Shadow missiles, The Moscow Times suggested.
Smoke and flames arise from an explosion during a fire at a military training ground in the Kirovske district, Crimea.
Huge balls of fire and clouds of smoke erupted at the site in the eastern part of the annexed Crimean peninsula.
An ‘apocalyptic’ mushroom cloud has risen over a Russian ammunition depot after alleged Ukrainian attacks earlier today.
Many people were killed and injured at the military training ground at the epicenter of the explosions, Ukraine’s Crimean Wind channel reported.
The main road to Tavrida, which links the Crimean bridge attacked on Monday by Ukrainian sea drones, was closed by the Russian occupation army.
Some 2,250 people from four settlements near the Starokrymsky military training camp were evacuated. The villages were named as Krynichki, Aivazovskoye, Abrikosovka and Privetnoye.
The spectacular explosions continued for more than four hours after starting around 4:30 a.m. in the Kirovsky district. Thick smoke was seen billowing into the sky.
“It’s a scene from the apocalypse,” said a passing driver.
The Russian authorities that control Crimea did not give further details about the cause of the inferno.
Aksyonov said: ‘The investigating authorities will establish the causes of the fire at the training ground in the Kirovsky district.
“There were no victims,” he tried to claim. ‘The evacuees have assistance.
‘People in temporary accommodation centers will be provided with everything they need.
‘Liquidation of consequences [of the explosions] it will take place as soon as possible… Keep calm and trust only official sources of information.’
The explosions came as Russia launched a searing attack on Odessa for the second night in a row.
Unconfirmed local reports suggested as many as three airstrikes on a “warehouse” in the military training area as fireballs rose into the air.
An explosion erupts into a ball of fire in the distance from the bangs that can be heard from at least 13 miles away.
Smoke fills the sky after a Russian ammunition depot exploded following suspected Ukrainian attacks on the Starokrymsky military training ground.
Attack on Russian ammunition depot may have been carried out by UK-supplied Storm Shadow missiles, The Moscow Times suggested
A video showed the launch of an Onyx missile, with a range of up to 500 miles, from Cossack Bay in Sevastopol. Reports said that around ten missiles were launched.
The General Staff of Ukraine reported that at night the country was attacked by 6 Kalibr cruise missiles and 35 drones. The capital city, kyiv, was also targeted by the Russians.
Footage from the day before showed Russia’s devastating cruise missile attacks on Odessa for the second night in a row.
The bombing in the city was seen as “revenge” by Ukraine which humiliated Putin by attacking his £3bn Crimean Bridge with kamikaze marine drones on Monday.
The video shows the huge explosions as the Kh-22 and Onyx missiles hit the port. Drones were also used in the attack.
Reports suggest that Moscow has destroyed warehouses used to supply grain to the world’s neediest countries.
Putin has blocked the renewal of an agreement between the warring states that allowed exports to travel across the Black Sea and to the rest of the world.
A view shows a crater formed during Russian missile and drone strikes, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Odessa.
A firefighter works at a site of storage facilities hit during Russian missile and drone attacks, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Odessa.
A firefighter works at a site of storage facilities hit during Russian missile and drone attacks, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Odessa, Ukraine, yesterday.
A port grain loader burns after being damaged during Russian missile and drone attacks
“The Kh-22 and Onyx missile launches were aimed at infrastructure in the Odessa region,” the Ukrainian Air Force said.
“It was a hellish night,” said Serhiy Bratchuk, a spokesman for the regional military administration. The attack was “very powerful, truly massive.”
Stores with tobacco, fireworks, tourist bases and hotels were attacked, the regional military administration said. Six people sought medical assistance.
Russian military blogger Vladimir Romanov said Putin’s forces attacked port infrastructure, a military unit in Usatovo, including air defense systems and tank depots.
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