Ukraine is silent, Russia talks about its mistakes
Who bombed Crimea?
A bomb exploded in front of Russian tourists on Tuesday at a Russian military base in Crimea. Ukrainians indicate a partisan attack, Russians speak of an accident. But they have already said that about the sunken battleship Moskva.
Crimea shook on Tuesday afternoon. Several explosions occurred at a military base in the Russian-occupied peninsula. And now no one knows why.
Ukraine’s defense ministry says it does not know what caused the explosion. Asked whether Kyiv was responsible for the attacks, Ukraine’s presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolzak (50) told TV channel Dozd: “Absolutely not. What do we have to do with it?”
However, he also tweeted on Wednesday: “The future of Crimea should be the pearl of the Black Sea, a national park with unique nature and a world resort. No military base for terrorists. It’s just the beginning.”
Cover-ups like the Moskva drowning?
Soon after the explosions, Moscow dismissed any speculation that the Ukrainians had launched a successful attack, saying that the ammunition depot was ignited carelessly. According to “mirrors”, this statement was specified later. According to a source in the Russian Defense Ministry, a violation of fire safety regulations was the most likely cause.
The Russians used the same tactic when the Moskva, considered the pride of the Black Sea Fleet, sank in April. At the time, the Kremlin said that the ship was torn down in a self-inflicted explosion of munitions. There, however, Ukrainians did not deny their involvement, but said that they fired at and sank the ship with two Neptune rockets.
Now there are indications that Ukraine is behind the Crimean explosions. The New York Times reports that Ukraine is responsible for the blasts. A new weapon developed by Ukraine was used,” the newspaper quoted a senior Ukrainian military official as saying. Radicals loyal to Ukraine also played a role in the attack. Informally spoke of an attack with “while the partners are yet to send us long-range missiles”.
seven people injured
It is also not clear what exactly was killed. According to Spiegel, the Russian Defense Ministry said no aircraft were damaged. However, experts analyzing satellite images have come to the conclusion that at least three Sukhoi fighter jets were destroyed. The extent of the damage to the military base is currently unknown.
The explosions in Crimea have been documented by several videos on social media. After the impacts, the Russian Defense Ministry said there were no casualties. On the other hand, Crimean boss Sergei Aksjonov (49) spoke of a dead man. Apart from this, seven people are said to be injured. (of)