The Ukrainian government has made remarks suggesting it was responsible for two mysterious explosions that occurred this month on the Crimean peninsula, which Russia forcibly merged with Ukraine in 2014. Amid a series of mysterious explosions in Crimea in southern Ukraine, Ukrainian troops have warned that they will pursue new attacks to cut off Russian supply lines in Crimea. An explosion occurred at an ammunition depot near Jankoi in northeastern Crimea on the 16th (local time). A week has passed since the explosion at Saki air station in the south of the country.
Another ammunition depot in the area had exploded a week after a mysterious blast at an airfield in Russia-occupied Crimea, Ukraine, TASS reported on May 16 (local time). Russia claimed it was sabotage this time, unlike last week’s explosion, which was a reckless accident. “Around 6:15 a.m. on the same day, a fire broke out in a temporary ammunition department of the military unit in the village of Maisuke in the northern Jankoi region of the Crimean Peninsula,” the Russian Defense Ministry said. . “Sabotage damaged military warehouses,” he said. “Many civilian facilities, power lines, power stations, railways and residential buildings were destroyed.” “I agree with the Russian Defense Ministry that there will be more attacks on Crimean rail and air bases in the next two or three months,” said senior adviser Mikhailo Podolyak. presidential, in an interview with the British daily Guardian. “Our strategy is to destroy supply ships, ammunition, ammunition depots and other military infrastructure,” he said. “We are trying to neutralize the enemy by causing shortages of supplies and ammunition.” He also said it was a counterattack aimed at confusing the Russian military in the occupied territories.
In particular, he pointed to the Crimean Bridge, which connects Crimea and mainland Russia, as the target. The Crimean Bridge was built after Russia’s forced annexation of Ukraine in 2014. “The bridge is a major supply route to Crimea and an illegal construction,” Podolyak said. “It should be destroyed.” Immediately after the accident, the Crimean administration said that no fighter jets or military equipment had been destroyed, except for ammunition. Yet satellite photos later showed nine destroyed military aircraft and numerous traces of precision strikes. In a briefing update, the UK Ministry of Defense analyzed that Russia’s Black Sea Fleet has recently adopted an extremely defensive posture, with few overshore sorties. In addition, the restriction of Russian fleet operations allowed Ukrainian forces to pressure Russian troops in other areas.
There are no reports of the type of sabotage, but Reuters said: “Russian state media suspects it was an attack using a small drone.” Reuters said: “Russia has admitted that, unusually, military installations on its territory have been attacked by armed groups loyal to the Ukrainian government.” After the explosion, a fire broke out in the nearby substation and about 2,000 nearby residents were evacuated within 5 km of the explosion radius. According to the Russian news agency Lia Novosti, the seven-passenger trains were delayed due to the impact of the explosion and the subsequent substation fire. Part of the rail traffic in the northern part of the Crimean peninsula has been suspended.
The Ukrainian government is silent on the Crimean explosion, but foreign media reported that Ukrainian troops were involved. The New York Times quoted an unnamed senior Ukrainian official as saying: “The explosion of the ammunition depot is an operation of the Ukrainian elite unit operating behind the enemy”. Aide Podolyak also tweeted: “Normal Crimea is a tourist and recreational area, but Russian-occupied Crimea has a high risk of death from explosion and assault,” hinting at the possibility of an attack.
Mikhailo Podolyak, assistant to the Ukrainian presidential office, tweeted after the accident: “The Crimean peninsula, which was a normal country, was a region with the Black Sea, mountains and recreation, but the Crimean peninsula occupied by the Russia has become a place with a high risk of death from invaders and thieves. At the end of Twitter, he wrote: “The demilitarization (of Crimea) is underway. Demilitarization is a favorite phrase used by Russia to explain why it invaded Ukraine.
Crimea is in Eastern Europe and faces the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. The central city is Simferopol in the central part of the city. It is an area that Russia occupied in 2014 and integrated into its territory after a referendum. Russia warns there will be a ‘Day of Judgment if Crimea is attacked’. However, on the 9th, an unknown explosion occurred at the Saki Air Force airfield in Crimea. Ukraine is currently focusing on strategic Russian installations on the southern front with the US-backed “High-Speed Maneuver Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS)”. The Russian ammunition depot at Zankoi was also reportedly hit by Hi-Mas. According to the NYT, a Russian government official said, “At least two civilians were injured and more than 3,000 people were evacuated.” “The Crimean attack shows that the tactics of the Ukrainian military are increasingly changing,” the NYT said. “It is a challenge to the political stance of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has made Crimea a key achievement in 22 years in power.” German Deutsche Belle also said: “The attack on Crimea means that the war has intensified on Russian territory, which suggests that the war will escalate further.”
Earlier on the 9th, an explosion occurred at the Saki airfield in Crimea. Six people were injured in a drone attack in Sevastopol ahead of the Russian Navy Day celebration on the 31st of last month. The Ukrainian government has said it was not responsible for a series of explosions. Crimea is considered the territory of Russia after its merger in 2014 and is considered a geopolitical hub for Russia. To face the southern front, including Herson, occupied by Russia in the early days of the war, you have to go through the Crimea. In addition, the port of Sevastopol is an ice-free port that does not freeze all year round, and the Russian Black Sea Fleet is stationed there.
Early last month, Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of Russia’s National Security Council, warned that “if we attack Crimea, it will be ‘Judgment Day of Ukraine.'” Putin also said at the end of last year that Ukraine’s efforts to retake the Crimean Peninsula could spark an all-out war between Russia and NATO. Ukraine, on the other hand, cannot back down. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said little after the explosion of the Saki air base: “The war, which began in Crimea, should end with the liberation of Crimea”.
Concerns are growing that if the Ukrainian military officially acknowledges the recent series of explosions as part of “Operation Cream Peninsula Restoration”, the Russian military will react strongly, which could lead to a “destructive situation”. “There is a saying among Ukrainian officials that the Crimean Peninsula will not avoid the devastation of war,” Politico, a US political news outlet, said. “If Ukrainian forces are behind the explosion, the war could spread rapidly.”