October 7, 2022

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War in Ukraine: Ammunition depot catches fire near Ukraine border

The fire comes days after explosions at a military base and ammunition depot located in Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula annexed by Russia’s Moscow, in the latter case an act of “sabotage” recognized by Kiev.

Regional governor Vyacheslav Klatkov said in a statement that the fire broke out at an ammunition depot near the village of Timonovo, located 50 km from the Ukrainian border in Belgorod province.

There were no casualties, but residents of Timonovo and the nearby village of Soloti were “moved to a safe distance,” he said, adding that authorities were investigating the cause of the fire.

In a video posted on social media, a huge fireball could be seen emitting thick black smoke. In another video, multiple explosions are seen in the distance.

Thursday’s fire comes amid explosions affecting Russian military installations near Ukraine.

In early August, an explosion of explosives intended for military aviation near the Sagi military airfield in Crimea caused one death and several injuries.

A few days later, an ammunition depot in Crimea was blown up by explosions. In the latter case, Moscow admitted, a rare event, “sabotage”.

Since the Russian offensive in Ukraine began in late February, Moscow has repeatedly accused Ukrainian forces of carrying out attacks on its soil, particularly in the Belgorod region.

Last month, four people were killed when missiles fell on the provincial capital of Belgorod, local officials said.

In early April, Ukraine attacked a fuel depot in Belgorod with two helicopters, Mr. Glatkov accused.