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Several Rounds of Ammunition Detonate at Crimea Airfield, Russian Defense Ministry Says

© SputnikSmoke seen after the explosions at the Saki airfield in Crimea, Russia
Smoke seen after the explosions at the Saki airfield in Crimea, Russia - Sputnik International, 1920, 09.08.2022
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No casualties were reported at the airfield, where the cause of the detonation is still being investigated, the Defense Ministry added.
The Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed that a series of explosions happened near the town of Novofedorovka in Crimea, noting that they were caused by a detonation of several rounds of air-launched ammunition at the Saki Airfield located not far from the town.
The explosions left five people injured, including one child, Minister of Health for Crimea Konstantin Skorupsky stated. Four of them the injured were released after receiving medical assistance, while one is being operated on due to a chest trauma sustained as a result of a blast.
The detonated ammunition was stored at the airfield's bunded storage area, the Defense Ministry said, adding that the ensuing blasts did not result in any damage to aircrafts. The resulting fire is in the process of being put out, the ministry elaborated.
The ammo's detonation did not happen due to shelling or an airstrike on the airport, the ministry underscored. The cause of the incident is being investigated, Moscow said.
Local authorities have placed a lockdown for a 5-kilometer radius around the airport to prevent injuries among the local population.
"The [local] emergency services monitor the fire [at the airfield]. Ambulance crews and medical aviation are working on the spot, we have no shortage of them," head of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov said.
The advisor to Crimea's head, Oleg Kryuchkov, separately announced that 30 people from buildings in the vicinity of the airport have been evacuated to safety.
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