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A burning ammunition depot in Russia and Russian bombardments in Ukraine | War in Ukraine

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This fire comes a few days after explosions on a military base and an ammunition depot located in Crimea, a Ukrainian peninsula annexed by Moscow; Russia recognizes in the latter case an act of sabotage.

An ammunition depot caught fire near the village of Timonovolocated less than 50 km from the Ukrainian border in the province of Belgorod, said in a press release the governor of the region, Vyacheslav Gladkov.

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No casualties were reported, but residents of Timonovo and the nearby village of Soloti were moved to a safe distancehe continued, adding that the authorities were investigating the reasons for this fire.

In a video posted on social media, a huge ball of fire could be seen releasing a thick column of black smoke. In another, several explosions in close succession could be seen in the distance.

Series of explosions targeting the Russians

The fire that broke out Thursday is part of a series of explosions affecting Russian military installations in Crimea.

At the beginning of August, the explosion of ammunition intended for military aviation near the military airfield of Saki caused one death and several injuries.

A few days later, an ammunition depot was blown up by explosions. In the latter case, Moscow admitted, a rare occurrence, an act of sabotage.

For their part, Russian forces shot down a drone on Thursday evening near the airport of Sevastopol, the largest city in Crimea and headquarters of the Russian fleet in the Black Sea, according to local authorities.

Shortly before, Russian anti-aircraft defense had been activated near the city of Kerch, also in Crimea, where there is a bridge connecting the peninsula to mainland Russia, built at great expense after the annexation.

Ukrainian threat

On Wednesday, through the voice of an adviser to the presidency, Mikhaïlo Podoliak, kyiv had threatened to dismantle this bridge that many Russians going to or returning from holidays in Crimea currently use.

Since the start of the Russian offensive in Ukraine at the end of February, Moscow has repeatedly accused Ukrainian forces of carrying out strikes on its soil, in particular in the Belgorod region.

Last month, missiles fell on the city of Belgorod, capital of the province, killing four people, according to local authorities.

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In early April, Mr Gladkov accused Ukraine of carrying out an attack on a fuel depot in Belgorod with two helicopters.

Deadly bombings in the northeast

On Thursday, bombs fell on the Kharkiv region in northeastern Ukraine. The Ukrainians accused the Russians of bombing residential areas, killing 6 people there on Thursday, after killing 13 the day before.

Last night and this morning were the most tragic moments in Kharkiv since the beginning of the war. »

A quote from Igor Terekhov, mayor of Kharkiv

Mayor Igor Terekhov signaled that Friday would be a day of mourning for the victims.

A building is destroyed.

A strike hit a tram station in Kharkiv on August 18, 2022.

Photo: Reuters

Located about forty kilometers from the Russian border, the second city of Ukraine is regularly pounded by the Russian army, which has never managed to seize it. Hundreds of civilians were killed in this region, according to the Ukrainian authorities.

In the south of the country, one person died and two others were injured and hospitalized after a strike in Mykolaiv, announced its mayor, Oleksandr Senkevych.

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