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Explosions heard in areas of Sevastopol and Hvardiiske, Crimea, where airbase is located – photo, video

Friday, 1 March 2024, 15:58
Explosions heard in areas of Sevastopol and Hvardiiske, Crimea, where airbase is located – photo, video
Attack on military base in Hvardiiske. Photo: Subscriber of Krymskyi Veter (Crimean Wind)

On 1 March, explosions were heard in Russia-occupied Crimea during an air-raid warning; they were heard by residents of Sevastopol, Yevpatoriia and Hvardiiske, north of Simferopol. 

Source: Radio Liberty project Krym.Realii (Crimea.Realities); Suspilne; Krymskyi Veter (Crimean Wind) Telegram channel; Atesh, military partisan movement; Kryminform (Crimea Inform)

Details: Local residents reported to Suspilne.Crimea about explosions in Sevastopol and Yevpatoriia. Krym.Realii also reported that two powerful explosions were heard in Sevastopol. 

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Atesh reported the movement of ambulances in Sevastopol and Yevpatoriia.

Mikhail Razvozhayev, Russian-appointed governor of occupied Sevastopol, said that air defence is responding in Sevastopol, and "all services have been put on alert." At 15:32, he reported that the all-clear was given in the city.

"We heard several powerful explosions in Hvardiiske, and then there was smoke over the city for a short time. Now part of Hvardiiske is without electricity," a local resident told Suspilne.

Krymskyi Veter, citing its subscribers, writes that the base in Hvardiiske "was attacked, and there is no electricity in the village".

According to Krym.Realii, there is a Russian airbase in Hvardiiske, where the 37th Mixed Aviation Regiment of the Russian Aerospace Forces is based, consisting of two squadrons of Su-24M and Su-25SM (12 aircraft each).

Krymskyi Veter, a monitoring group, recorded a fire south of the runway at Simferopol airport.

After the all-clear was given, the Russians suspended traffic on the Crimean (Kerch) Bridge for the second time in a day.

At first, Razvozhayev reported that "smoke in the area of the inner raid, Sevastopol and Pivdenna bays is the military using service smoke-screen camouflage". Later, Kryminform (Сrimeainform) reported that the smoke over the Crimean Bridge was also a camouflage curtain.

However, the centre of Sevastopol, according to Krymskiy Viter, was left without electricity.

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