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Explosions in occupied Crimea, Crimean bridge blocked, August 12

Explosions in occupied Crimea, Crimean bridge blocked, August 12 Russian military in occupied Crimea (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

In the temporarily occupied region of Crimea, specifically in Feodosia located in the Kirovsky District on the eastern part of the peninsula, explosions were heard during the night of August 12. Additionally, automobile traffic on the Crimean Bridge has been blocked. Similar explosions were reported in Novoozerne in Crimea, according to local Telegram channels.

According to local sources, the explosion near Feodosia was quite big. Social media posts indicate that "several missiles were seen flying" near Chauda.

"What were those explosions in the city?... The third bang was a loud one... I saw something explode near the oil depot and somewhere else nearby," the Emergency Feodosia Telegram channel wrote.

The Crimean Wind Telegram channel reports the suspension of automobile transport on the Crimean Bridge in light of these events.

Representatives of the occupying "administration" and local "officials" have not yet commented on the explosions and the situation near the transportation route.

There's also information about explosions, gunfire sounds, and anti-aircraft defense activity in Novoozerne, located near Yevpatoria on the western part of the occupied peninsula. Posts on social media talk about drones spotted in the sky over the town.

Novoozerne houses a significant Russian military storage base, known as the 943rd CCMR.

Occupying forces comment on the explosions

Around 04:10 AM, representatives of the occupying "administration" finally addressed the night's explosions in Crimea. A statement emerged from the so-called "advisor to the head of Crimea," Oleg Kryuchkov, regarding the operation of air defense systems in various regions of the peninsula.

"We ask you to keep calm and trust only verified sources of information," he wrote on his Telegram channel.

Russian Ministry of Defense reports downed UAVs

Early in the morning, the Russian Ministry of Defense claimed that they had neutralized 20 drones over occupied Crimea during the night, with no reported casualties or damages.

According to the aggressor state's authority, 14 drones were shot down and another 6 were "suppressed" using radio-electronic countermeasures.

As usual, the Russian ministry asserted that an attempt to attack Crimea had been thwarted, and Ukraine was, unsurprisingly, blamed for it.

Explosions in Crimea

Explosions have become almost a daily occurrence in the temporarily Russia-controlled Ukrainian Crimea.

For instance, on August 10, explosions were heard in the Dzhankoi District of Crimea.

Later, Russian helicopters were seen heading toward the Sea of Azov from that area.

Smoke was spotted in the Sevastopol Bay. The occupiers tried to explain this by alleging that Russian fleet was conducting exercises. However, prior to this, the Russians had closed the Crimean Bridge for unknown reasons.

On the same day, the Russian Ministry of Defense complained about a drone attack on Crimea, claiming to have successfully neutralized and downed the drones.

Explosions in Feodosia

Previously, on the night of August 4, explosions occured in the occupied city of Feodosia, with the sounds of explosions and gunfire reported.

Subsequently, the Russian Ministry of Defense said there was a "drone attack" and asserted that it had been successfully repelled.

As the spokesperson for the Southern Ukrainian Defense Forces, Natalia Humeniuk, said back then, explosions in occupied Feodosia might reoccur as the area houses Russian oil storage facilities.