Pro-Ukrainian saboteurs played role in blasts at Russian military sites: report

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A Ukrainian government official told US-based NBC News that pro-Ukrainian saboteurs were involved in the series of explosions that rocked Russian military sites in Crimea in recent days.

Military depots and airbases on the annexed peninsula have been hit by a series of explosions over the past week. It also showed how Ukraine’s strike capacity has changed and now Kyiv can strike deep behind enemy lines.

This new development could change the dynamics of the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war.

The government official spoke to the media on condition of anonymity. The NBC report mentioned that the official is not authorized to release information about the strikes in Crimea to reporters.

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The report also notes that given the nature of the explosions, experts have speculated that guerrilla fighters, known as “partisans”, may have played a role.

The report mentions that the official declined to say whether the Ukrainian army or special forces were also involved in the attacks.

As quoted by NBC News, the official said, “It is only because of the people who oppose Putin in the occupied territories and in Russia today that resistance is possible.”

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On Tuesday, explosions destroyed a military base and an ammunition depot in Crimea.

Recently, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on August 16 that various reasons could be behind the explosions in Russia’s annexed Crimea and warned residents of the occupied territories to stay away from Russian military sites.

Zelensky had said: “The destruction of the occupiers’ logistics, their ammunition, military and other equipment, and command posts saves the lives of our people.”

Drone shot down at Russian Black Sea Fleet headquarters

A local official said a drone was shot down over the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in annexed Crimea on Saturday August 20.

“The drone was shot down just above the fleet headquarters” in the city of Sevastopol, city governor Mikhail Razvojaev wrote on Telegram,

Razvojaev blamed the attempt on Ukrainian forces and said that “she fell on the roof and caught fire.” He said there was no major damage.

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