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Explosions in Crimea: Operation of air defense systems in Sevastopol reported

Explosions in Crimea: Operation of air defense systems in Sevastopol reported Illustrative photo: Russia announced the work of air defense in Sevastopol on May 15 (Getty Images)

An air raid alert was announced on Wednesday evening, May 15th, in the occupied city of Sevastopol, Crimea. The operation of air defense systems was reported, according to the Telegram channels of Russia's appointed "governor" of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhaev.

According to Razvozhaev, Russian air defense systems are allegedly operating in Sevastopol. Several aerial targets have reportedly been shot down, and all emergency services are on high alert.

"Air defense systems are operational in Sevastopol. Several aerial targets have already been downed. All services are on high alert," the collaborator stated.

Meanwhile, local residents report hearing sirens in Sevastopol, followed by explosions. Residents of the town of Gvardiiske, where a military airfield is located, also report explosions.

Razvozhaev has once again claimed the downing of aerial targets over the peninsula.

Updated at 11:45 p.m.

According to monitoring channels, a fuel depot at Belbek Airport was allegedly targeted in an attack, resulting in a fire. However, there is currently no official confirmation. Meanwhile, Russia has traditionally claimed to have hit all targets.

Strikes on Crimea

In the occupied Crimea, special operations targeting Russian military bases and enemy equipment are becoming more frequent. For instance, at the end of April, a strike was carried out on an airfield near Dzhankoy, where dozens of explosions were reported.

Then, on the night of May 15th, explosions were also heard in Sevastopol. According to later reports by the media, the Belbek airfield was attacked, where Russian aircraft could have been targeted. Russian forces, as usual, claimed that the peninsula was hit by ATACMS missiles and that their defense systems intercepted them.