A temporary Russian Army ammunition depot exploded on the Crimean peninsula on Tuesday due to a fire, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
The fire that caused the explosion, and whose causes are still unknown, occurred at 06:15 local time (03:15 GMT) in a military unit located next to the town of Maiskoe. At the moment, the authorities have not reported victims in the incident, which according to the local administration forced the evacuation of about 2,000 people from Maiskoe.
“The causes of what happened are being investigated,” the head of the Crimean administration, Sergei Aksionov, wrote on his Telegram channel.
The local Kriminform agency reported that a fire also broke out at an electrical substation in Dzhankoe, the capital of the homonymous district where Maiskoe is located.
At the moment, Ukraine has not claimed responsibility for the attack. The adviser to the Ukrainian president, Mijailo Podoliak, has pointed out on his Twitter profile that “the Crimea of the normal country is the Black Sea, mountains, recreation and tourism, but the Crimea occupied by Russian troops is explosions in warehouses and a high risk death to invaders and thieves.”
The detonation of the ammunition depot comes a week after a series of explosions at a military airfield also on the Crimean peninsula, annexed by Russia in 2014. kyiv, which denied it had attacked the airfield, said the explosions destroyed a dozen Russian warplanes, while Moscow said the explosions were due to an accidental fire.