Fire destroys Russian ammo depot in Crimea, as Moscow launches ‘massive attack’ on Odesa

KIEV — An overnight fire broke out at an ammunition depot at a Russian military training ground in occupied Crimea, closing a major highway while Moscow̵7;s forces attacked Ukraine with drones and missiles.

The Kremlin-installed head of Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov Said The Tavrida Highway, a road linking major cities on the Russian-occupied peninsula, was closed and 2,200 people were evacuated from the area as a result of the fires, although they did not give a reason.

“There was a fire in a military area. Investigators will find out the reasons, ”Aksyonov SaidSaying that Russian air defenses had shot down 18 drones over Crimea.

pro-Kremlin military blogger informed of Ukraine-made Grim-2 or Britain’s Storm Shadow long-range missiles could be responsible for the fire.

Kiev did not claim responsibility for destroying the ammunition depot, Andrey Yusov, a representative of Ukraine’s defense intelligence, told Politico: “We can neither confirm nor deny.”

Meanwhile, Russia fired 31 missiles and 32 drones at Ukraine overnight, mostly targeting the Odessa region on the Black Sea. Ukrainian Air Defense Force informed of 14 rockets and 23 drones were shot down, while 14 missiles targeted ports and critical infrastructure around Odessa.

Several residential buildings were damaged in the “large-scale attack” on Odessa, with at least six people, including a 9-year-old boy, requiring medical assistance due to injuries sustained by fragments of glass and other objects, Odessa mayor Oleg Kiper said. Was. Regional Military Administration, said in a statement.

According to Kipper, Russia targeted mostly Ukrainian ports for the second night in a row after the Kremlin pulled out of the Black Sea Grain Initiative on Monday.

“Grain and oil terminals were affected, tanks and loading equipment were damaged and fires broke out. An industrial facility in the Odesa district was attacked, injuring a civilian employee and damaging two warehouses – one [storing] Tobacco and other fireworks. Firefighters are tackling the blaze covering an area of ​​over 3,000 square metres,” Kipper said.