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Explosions in Crimea, Russian helicopters in air

Explosions in Crimea, Russian helicopters in air Explosions in the occupied Crimea (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

In the temporarily occupied Crimea, explosions were heard on Friday morning, November 17. They occurred in the southwestern part of the peninsula, approximately between the settlements of Bakhchysarai and Kacha, according to the Telegram channel Crimean Wind.

According to local residents on social media, two explosions were heard, accompanied by helicopter flights in the background.

"Locals report that two explosions were heard between the Bakhchysarai district and Kacha Valley, with Russian helicopters being up in the sky," the repors says.

Speculations on a possible incident at Belbek or Kacha are circulating online.

Explosions in Crimea, Russian helicopters in air

There are no official explanations from authorities about the incident at the moment. Representatives of the occupying administration are also silent on the explosions and do not provide any explanations for the cause.

Explosions in Crimes

Explosions in Crimea have become frequent since the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, with incidents related to drone and missile strikes targeting occupiers' locations, vehicle depots, and more.

For instance, on November 10, a series of explosions occurred in the temporarily occupied Feodosia and the Black Sea region of Crimea. Local reports suggested possible damage to an oil base in Feodosia, attributed to drone strikes. The local border post in the Black Sea region was reportedly hit a few times.

It was later revealed that Ukrainian intelligence destroyed two Russian landing boats in Chornomorske on the night of November 10.

Another successful strike occurred on November 4 when Ukrainian forces targeted the shipyard Zalyv in the temporarily occupied Kerch, causing damage to the carrier of Kalibr missiles.

Shortly after the strike, the Strategic Communications Department of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine showed photos of the aftermath, revealing significant damage inflicted on the enemy ship Askold.