The action may be the work of partisans, suggested an adviser to the Ukrainian president
Russia does not want to blame Ukraine for the explosions at the Saki airport in Novofedorovka on the occupied Crimean peninsula, because it would once again show how ineffective the Russian air defense system is, writes the American Institute for the Study of War in its analysis of the situation on the front today. From there, they make an analogy with the behavior of Russia after the destruction of the cruiser “Moskva”.
Analysts stress that they do not have enough data for an independent assessment of yesterday’s explosions, but the fact that they were simultaneously at two sites far from each other excludes the official version of an accidental fire. But suggestions of sabotage or a long-range missile strike should not be dismissed. According to experts, the Ukrainians could modify their Neptune missiles for use against ground targets, but there is currently no evidence to support this hypothesis.
The adviser to the Ukrainian president, Mykhailo Podoliak, denied that Ukraine had anything to do with the attack on the Saki airport in Crimea, but admitted that it may have been the work of Crimean partisans. When asked if Kyiv takes responsibility for the explosions in Crimea, he replied: “Of course not. What do we have in common? These are probably internal compensatory mechanisms for the ineffective management of the Russian armed forces.”
Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula in 2014 and in February used it as one of the launching pads for its invasion. Since then, Russian warplanes regularly take off from the blown-up Saki airport to bomb Ukrainian cities. According to unconfirmed information, there were 30 planes and helicopters at the airport on the day of the explosion. The Air Force Command of Ukraine reported that 9 aircraft were destroyed in the strike.
According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, at around 3:20 p.m. on August 9, there was a detonation of several aviation munitions on the territory of the Saki airport. No one was injured in the explosion. And the aviation equipment was not damaged. There was also no fire in the ammunition storage area before the explosions. The leading version for the investigators is a violation of safety measures when storing the ammunition. “There are no signs, evidence, and even less facts about a deliberate impact on munitions with the aim of detonating them at Novofedorovka airport,” a source from the Russian Ministry of Defense told RIA Novosti categorically.
A little later, the regional Ministry of Health began to refute the military. So far, 13 people are known to have been injured, including two children. One died.
Photos and video from the airport in Crimea refute Russia’s version that none of the equipment was damaged.
The war in Ukraine started with Crimea and must end with its liberation. This was stated by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in his traditional evening address a few hours after the explosions at the Russian military base in Novofedorovka, located about 20 km from Yevpatoria. “Crimea is Ukraine and we will never hand it over,” Zelensky said.
“The presence of Russian occupiers in Crimea is a threat to the whole of Europe and to world stability. The Black Sea region cannot be a safe place while Crimea is occupied. There can be no stable and lasting peace for the countries bordering the Mediterranean as long as Russia has the ability to use our peninsula as its military base. This Russian war against Ukraine and against all of free Europe began in Crimea and must end in Crimea. With his release”, the Ukrainian president also said.