Ukraine mercilessly trolls Russia as fresh demolitions rock Crimea

Russian-backed authorities in occupied Crimea awoke to a shitstorm on Tuesday when explosions sounded first at a weapons depot and then reportedly at an airbase, prompting frantic statements from Russian authorities who have traditionally tried to downplay such setbacks.

Ukrainian authorities ridiculed the aftermath of what they cryptically termed “demilitarization,” the latest strike against Russian forces in a territory they may mistakenly believe was entirely under their control.

The first explosions shook an arms depot near the town of Dzhankoi, where a substation also went up in smoke. While the Russian Defense Ministry initially claimed that a “fire” on the territory of the weapons depot was responsible for the explosions, it later revised its version of events, claiming “sabotage”.

“Damage was caused to a number of civilian facilities, including power lines, a power plant, a railway line and a number of residential buildings,” Russia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Sergei Aksyonov, the peninsula’s Kremlin-appointed leader, said about 2,000 people had been evacuated and rail services disrupted.

“Right now the detonations are continuing,” Aksyonov said as the ammunition continued to flake off.

Shortly after these blasts, local residents in Simferopol reported multiple explosions at an airbase, sending plumes of black smoke into the sky. Russian-backed authorities have spoken out about what happened to the airbase, but Kommersant, citing anonymous law enforcement and military officials, reported that investigators were looking into whether drones were used to attack the airbase.

Russian state media reported that a state of emergency declared last week after several Russian fighter jets were destroyed by explosions has now been extended.

The Ukrainian authorities did not claim direct responsibility for the chaos in the occupied peninsula, but an unnamed senior Ukrainian official was quoted by The New York Times said an elite Ukrainian military unit was behind the blasts in Dzhankoi and working covertly behind enemy lines.

The Ukrainian government also did not hesitate to express its delight that Russian military equipment went up in flames.

“The operation “demilitarization” in the exact style of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will continue until the complete deoccupation of the Ukrainian territories. Our warriors are the best sponsors for a good mood. Crimea is Ukraine,” Andrii Yermak, the head of Ukraine’s presidential administration, wrote on Telegram.

Presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak in TV commentary called the explosions in Dzhankoi “karmic retribution”.

And the Strategic Communications Office of the Ukrainian Armed Forces shared footage of the fiery aftermath in the region on Telegram, writing mockingly: “Once again, smoking in a banned area on the territory of occupied Crimea.”

The agency noted that Russian forces had recently sent new missile systems to the city, likely destined for the Kherson and Zaporizhia regions, to target Ukrainian communities.

The Russian transit hub “waited for its time. Just like other destinations are waiting for their time,” the agency wrote.

The latest blasts have been followed by an ominous appeal by the Ukrainian government to residents still living on the Russian-controlled peninsula.

“We will definitely liberate Crimea, using all possible and impermissible mechanisms to fight not only for the territory, but also for you. I’m sure you’ve been waiting for this all these years of occupation. Be careful now, hide yourself [properly] equipped places or in your cellars. Prepare the necessary resources,” Tamila Tasheva, the permanent representative of the President of Ukraine in Crimea, wrote on Facebook.

“The war came to Crimea ‘unexpectedly’. Occupiers and colonizers are already fleeing Crimea,” she wrote.

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