Explosions in Crimea: Ukrainian Air Forces told what military equipment occupiers kept in Saky

VALENTYNA ROMANENKO – WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2022, 09:55
The Air Force of Ukraine estimates that explosions on August 9 at the airfield in Russian-occupied Crimea destroyed a storage facility with aircraft weapons and about a dozen planes.
Source: Yuriy Ihnat, spokesman for the Air Force Command in the broadcast of the national telethon on August 10
Details: Ihnat said that "Saki" is a military airfield in Ukraine's Crimea where the invaders stationed Su-30SM, Su-24, IL-76 and other planes.
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They took off from the airfield every day. Crew aviation patrols the airspace near Ukraine around the clock. The entire Black Sea area is constantly patrolled by Russians, without reaching Zmiinyi (Snake) island, only changing planes and crews, said the spokesman for the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
In general, there are five airfields in Crimea that the Russian Federation can use to launch planes and launch missile attacks on Ukraine, and this poses a serious threat, in addition to dozens of airfields in Belarus and Russia itself, Ihnat added added.
Quote from Ihnat: "After the explosion that we observed in the video recordings, it is clear that the aircraft weapons depot was hit. Because the detonation was serious. And if an additional dozen planes are destroyed there, it will be a real small victory."
Background:
On August 9, explosions were heard at the military airfield in Novofedorivka, Crimea. Crimea residents have posted videos on social media showing at least two epicenters of the fire and said they heard from 7 to 12 blasts.
The Ministry of Defense of Russia stated that the fire at the Saky air base was caused by the detonation of several munitions. Later, a source from the Russian military department TASS informed about the violation of fire safety at the airfield near Novofedorivka.
Ukraine's Defense Ministry said it was not aware of what caused the explosions and subsequent fire at Saky airfield near Novofedorivka in Russian-occupied Crimea.
The New York Times, citing a "senior Ukrainian military officer," wrote that Ukrainian forces allegedly orchestrated the explosions at the airfield in Russian-held Crimea.
Mykhailo Podoliak, senior adviser to the Ukrainian president, said Kyiv was not involved in the explosions at the Novofedorivka airfield in Russian-held Crimea.
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