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Tue Aug 9, 2022, 11:43 AM

Explosions rock area of Russian airbase in Crimea

Source: CNN

(CNN) A series of large explosions went off in the area of a Russian military airbase in the annexed Ukrainian territory of Crimea on Tuesday, with footage from the scene showing large plumes of smoke billowing into the air.
The Russian defense ministry said the blasts had been caused by detonated aviation ammunition, Russian state media RIA Novosti reported.
"Around 3:20 p.m., several aviation munitions detonated on the territory of the airfield 'Saki' near the settlement of Novofedorivka," the ministry said in the statement, according to RIA Novosti.

Ambulance crews and an air ambulance were sent to the site of the explosions, according to the health ministry of the region.

Oleg Kryuchkov, adviser to the head of the Crimean region -- which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014 -- confirmed several explosions had occurred near the village of Novofedorivka. On his Telegram channel, Kryuchkov said: "So far, I can only confirm the fact of several explosions in the Novofedorivka area. I ask everyone to wait for official messages."

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/09/europe/crimea-blasts-russian-base-intl/index.html



"Official message" coming up: "Several random airbase personnel were smoking in close proximity to various explosive storage areas at the same time and accidentally set off a number of explosions within 30 minutes of each other. No evidence of embarrassingly successful Ukrainian assault on the airbase was found. Obviously, an unfortunate accident."

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Response to Beastly Boy (Original post)

Tue Aug 9, 2022, 11:54 AM

1. huge explsion...smoking? Maybe

but I call BS just because I can. I hope Ukrainians kick Pukein's ass to the ground and then stomp on him for a while. Long Bihn ammo dump explosion was felt many klicks away. I felt it in Bear Cat and heard it. Tet 68...

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Response to llashram (Reply #1)

Tue Aug 9, 2022, 12:51 PM

10. +1

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Response to Beastly Boy (Original post)

Tue Aug 9, 2022, 11:54 AM

2. Russia says Crimea airbase blast was detonation of ammunition, not attack

Russia's defence ministry said an explosion at a Russian military airbase in Crimea on Tuesday had been caused by a detonation of aviation ammunition, and that there had been no casualties, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.

It said there had been no attack, and no military equipment had been damaged.


https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/russia-says-crimea-airbase-blast-was-detonation-ammunition-not-attack-2022-08-09/



Kinda like how their flagship cruiser went down due to bad weather, and not at all because the Ukrainian military blew it up.

Sounds serious, Mr. Putin. Good luck.

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Response to Torchlight (Reply #2)

Tue Aug 9, 2022, 12:24 PM

5. It's obvious to everyone what happened here

Those damn soldiers need to stop walking through ammunition storage facilities while smoking and carrying a five gallon fuel can in each hand.

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Response to Beastly Boy (Original post)

Tue Aug 9, 2022, 12:18 PM

3. This might have been an attack by the Ukraine forces or an act of sabotage by some Russians on ....

... Russian military stocks.

One way or the other this is good news for the Ukrainians and bad news for Vlad.

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Response to Botany (Reply #3)

Tue Aug 9, 2022, 12:32 PM

6. I'm curious what the shelf life of properly (or improperly) handled explosive materials are

Could the explosion be not a deliberate act by either Ukraine or a disgruntled Russian, but rather an accident resulting from old and/or improperly stored munitions?

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Response to GregariousGroundhog (Reply #6)

Tue Aug 9, 2022, 12:54 PM

11. The Ukes did it, Yet, a titanic 1984 explosion in a Russkie naval ammo depot caused massive

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Response to GregariousGroundhog (Reply #6)

Tue Aug 9, 2022, 03:16 PM

14. Older they get, the more unstable they get & Russia is digging deep into their stocks to the older

But most likely a Ukrainian attack IMO

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Response to Botany (Reply #3)

Tue Aug 9, 2022, 12:45 PM

8. "an act of sabotage" that's what I'm thinking... nt

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Response to Beastly Boy (Original post)

Tue Aug 9, 2022, 12:22 PM

4. kick those evil russian asses into the sea. nt

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Response to Beastly Boy (Original post)

Tue Aug 9, 2022, 12:40 PM

7. would be awesome to see Ukraine take back Crimea

Maybe Ukraine should claim some adjacent Russian land, just for a buffer from the Moscow murderers.

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Response to RussBLib (Reply #7)

Tue Aug 9, 2022, 12:46 PM

9. Happy 6,000!! nt

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Response to mitch96 (Reply #9)

Tue Aug 9, 2022, 01:23 PM

12. Thanks. Took me awhile, no?

I signed up in the early, early days of DU, but I have taken some long breaks here and there. I credit the breaks for retaining my sanity.

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Response to RussBLib (Reply #12)

Tue Aug 9, 2022, 02:41 PM

13. I've Lurked Here Since This Place Came Online

I found it via Bartcop (but only registered as a user in 2016).

I get what you're saying about having to take breaks. I've had to do it myself, especially since Bart died. If you don't step away from the news/negativity for a while, it wears you down.

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Response to GB_RN (Reply #13)

Tue Aug 9, 2022, 04:56 PM

15. No shit, GB. I met Bart (Terry) back in 2002.

We were doing a political access TV show in Houston after Bush stole the 2000 election from Gore, and were always giving him props. He came down to Houston from OK for an in-studio interview. Loved that guy.

I don't understand how newscasters can even read the unrelenting bad news and not have a nervous breakdown.

But the tide seems to be turning!!!

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Response to RussBLib (Reply #15)

Tue Aug 9, 2022, 05:31 PM

16. That's Awesome.

I'm jealous.

Bart/Terry and I had some email exchanges over the years. I wish I could have gone to one of the "Bart-fests" and met him in person.

A shot of Chinaco in memory of Bart! 🥃

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