Kyiv. At least one person was killed and several others injured in several powerful explosions at a Russian Air Force base in Crimea on Tuesday. Officials gave this information. Russia's defense ministry, however, denied shelling at the Saki base in the Black Sea and said war material had been destroyed there. At the same time, there is speculation on the 'social network' in Ukraine that the explosions were caused by a long-range missile fired by Ukraine. A video shared on 'social networks shows a huge plume of smoke created by the explosions. Crimea Today News reported on Telegram that according to eyewitnesses the fire broke out on the runway and dozens of explosions were caused by nearby areas. Houses have also been damaged.
Russia's state-run news agency Tas, citing unnamed sources in the ministry, said preliminary investigations suggested the explosion was caused by a "violation of security measures". According to the ministry, no fighter aircraft was damaged. Ukraine's Defense Ministry sarcastically said on Facebook, "The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense is unable to determine the cause of the fire, but it is once again paying attention to fire safety regulations and the prohibition of smoking in unspecified locations." Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's adviser, Oleksey Erestovich, mysteriously told an online news conference that the blasts were either caused by Ukrainian long-range weapons or the work of extremists operating in Crimea. It is noteworthy that in February this year, Russia launched its military action in Ukraine and if indeed this attack has been carried out by Ukraine, it will be its first major attack on a Russian military base in the Crimean peninsula.