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Explosions in Crimea: Ukraine declares attack a harbinger of 'de-occupation' 

2023-03-21T13:28:12.090Z


Explosions are said to have occurred again in Crimea. Ukraine is already talking about harbingers of a liberation of the peninsula.


Explosions are said to have occurred again in Crimea.

Ukraine is already talking about harbingers of a liberation of the peninsula.

Dschankoj - There have apparently been renewed explosions and shots on the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula.

Several videos are circulating on social media that are said to show the Ukrainian attack on Tuesday night (March 21).

Ukraine reports a successful attack on the Russian military: it succeeded in destroying Russian missiles intended for the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

The Ukrainian secret service aggressively declared that the attack would continue the process of "demilitarizing Russia" and prepare Crimea for "de-occupation".

Visible explosion in Dzhankoi, Crimea.

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Ukraine reports attack on train carrying weapons

The blasts appeared to have occurred in the northern Crimean town of Jankoy, a major railroad hub through which the Russian army supplies supplies to the occupied peninsula.

According to unconfirmed information from the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, Ukraine managed a military strike on a train carrying Russian missiles.

According to Ukrainian military intelligence, these are Kalibr hypersonic missiles.

Russia also supplies its army in the occupied areas of Cherson and Zaporizhia via the strategically important ice rink line near Dschankoy.

Russia confirms drone attacks in Crimea - but speaks of successful defense

There was no confirmation from the Russian side that Russian missiles were destroyed.

Russian occupation chief Sergei Askyonov confirmed that anti-aircraft defenses had been activated in the Dzhankoy area.

"Air defense repelled a drone attack near the city of Jankoy in Crimea," the Russian investigative committee said.

The drones would have targeted civilian infrastructure.

According to Governor Aksyonov, one person was injured by the debris of a hit projectile.

Houses and a grocery store were also damaged by fallen debris.

The head of administration of Dzhankoy, Igor Ivin, said that a fire broke out in the store.

Russia accuses Ukraine of revenge

An adviser to the governor accused the Ukrainian authorities of wanting to avenge Russia's annexation of Crimea with the attack.

Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to the peninsula on March 18 to mark the ninth anniversary of the annexation.

The Russian president had never been closer to the front lines since the beginning of the Ukraine war.

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Recapture of Crimea as sticking point in Ukraine war?

Since the start of the Ukraine war, Crimea has repeatedly been the target of Ukrainian drone attacks.

At the beginning of March, Russia confirmed that it had fended off a "massive attack".

In August 2022, there was a serious explosion in an ammunition depot in Dschankoy.

There were also injuries then, and thousands of people were brought to safety.

The train service was temporarily suspended in the middle of the tourist season.

At the time, Kiev claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Other Russian regions in the border area with Ukraine have also been complaining about attacks from the Ukrainian side for months.

There were dead, injured and severe destruction in the Bryansk, Kursk and Belgorod regions.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has stated that his goal is to liberate Crimea like all other occupied areas of Ukraine.

But an expert recently warned in an interview with

Merkur.de

against recapturing Crimea: Putin could then escalate the Ukraine war even more.

The fate of Crimea could therefore soon become a point of contention between Ukraine and its Western backers, a former US official has warned.

(smu/dpa/AFP)

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Source: merkur

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