Plumes of smoke seen at Russian military airbase in Gvardeyskoye, Crimea -Kommersant

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Buses for emergency evacuation are parked on the roadside in Azovskoye settlement following an explosion at a Russian military warehouse in the Dzhankoi district, Crimea, August 16, 2022. REUTERS/Stringer

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MOSCOW, Aug 16 (Reuters) – Plumes of black smoke were seen on Tuesday at a Russian military airbase near the settlement of Gvardeyskoye in the centre of Russian-controlled Crimea, Russia’s Kommersant newspaper reported.

Earlier on Tuesday, Russia’s Defence Ministry separately blamed a series of explosions around Dzhankoi in northern Crimea on “sabotage”, state-owned news agency RIA reported.

Ukraine has neither confirmed nor denied its involvement in a recent series of blasts in Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014.

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Reporting by Reuters;
Editing by Alison Williams

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