Ukraine says the Blast in Crimea Took out Russian Cruise Missiles


An explosion in the city of Dzhankoi in Crimea, according to the defense ministry of Ukraine, was responsible for the destruction of Russian cruise missiles that were going to be used by Moscow’s Black Sea fleet.

The Ministry of Defense did not make any claims of responsibility for the explosion that occurred on Monday, but if it is confirmed, it might represent a rare and daring attack by Ukrainian forces in the heart of land that was illegally acquired by Russia in 2014. Ukrainian authorities have long maintained that the city of Dzhankoi and the areas immediately surrounding it have been transformed into Russia’s major military camp in Crimea. A Russian military aviation base is situated next to Dzhankoi.

The city, according to the Russian officials stationed there, was the target of an attack by a drone. Anti-aircraft weapons were launched near Dzhankoi, according to Sergei Aksenov, the governor of Crimea, who was appointed by Russia. Aksenov did not specify why the weapons were fired, nor did he mention cruise missiles. According to Aksenov, falling debris caused injuries to one individual and damaged both a residence and a business.

An advisor to the Ministry of the Interior of Ukraine named Anton Gerashchenko disseminated video footage that he said showed a train station in the city being struck by a loud single explosion that was engulfed in flames. The validity of his allegation could not be established.

The same explosion was captured on other footage, and there was also the sound of what may have been anti-aircraft fire in the background.

An explosion in Dzhankoi city, located in the northern part of temporarily seized Crimea, destroyed Russian Kalibr-KN cruise missiles as they were being transported by rail, according to the main intelligence directorate of the Ukrainian defense ministry, which issued this statement on Monday.

It was stated that the missiles, which were intended to be fired from ships in Russia’s Black Sea fleet, had an operating range of more than 2,500 kilometers (1,550 miles) on land and 375 kilometers (230 miles) in the water.

Ihor Ivin, the head of the Dzhankoi administration who was placed by Russia, was quoted as stating that the city was assaulted by drones and that a man who was 33 years old had a shrapnel injury from a drone that was shot down.

Ivin was quoted as claiming on Krym-24 TV that a house, school, and grocery store had caught fire and that there was damage to the electrical supply. The statement was reported by the Russian state news agency Tass.

An aide to Aksenov named Oleg Kryuchkov asserted that the drones were loaded with shrapnel and were directed at civilian sites. According to him, one of them was struck and brought down close to a vocational school, while others were brought down in residential areas.

Although Ukraine has not admitted responsibility for the incident that occurred on Monday night, it has demonstrated that it is capable of striking long-distance targets in Crimea. According to an analysis of video footage, a drone strike on the Crimean port of Sevastopol in October caused damage to Russia’s flagship vessel in the Black Sea, the Admiral Makarov.

Also, it is believed that Ukraine was responsible for the attacks on the bridge that connects the peninsula with Russia, the Saky airfield, and the naval command complex in Sevastopol.

The current president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has made it clear from the beginning that he intends to free all of occupied southern and eastern Ukraine, including Crimea.

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