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Massive fire at Crimean oil storage facility: report

A massive fire broke out early this morning in Russian-occupied Crimea. In footage circulating on social media, clouds of black smoke can be seen hovering over the Krasnogvardeyskoye settlement. According to initial reports, an oil storage facility is on fire.

The fire in the settlement located in the northern part of the peninsula broke out on Wednesday at around 6 a.m.

Ukrainian parliament deputy Oleksiy Honcharenko relayed that on Russian social media, internet users wrote that a shop was on fire. “But for some reason no one mentions that an oil storage facility is located there,” the MP added.

⚡️An oil depot is on fire in the village of Chervonohvardiiske in the temporarily occupied Crimea, – subscribers report.

— Flash (@Flash43191300) August 31, 2022

On August 9, an explosion occurred at the Saki military airfield near Novofedorivka in Crimea, resulting in the destruction or damage of around 20 Russian aircraft. On August 16, a fire broke out at a transformer substation in the town of Dzhankoy and there was a detonation of an ammunition depot in the nearby village of Mayske.

Following a series of explosions at military facilities in Crimea, thousands of Russians have been trying to leave the territory as soon as possible.

The traffic jams toward the Kerch Strait Bridge connecting Crimea with Russia are now dozens of kilometers long.

Russian tourists are fleeing for their lives.

— Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) August 11, 2022

According to media reports, Moscow is withdrawing its fighter jets from the peninsula to protect them from future attacks. As reported by NATO, the Russian armed forces have already redeployed 10 fighters from Crimea to Russian territory. At the same time, the Kremlin has increased the number of tactical surface-to-air missiles on the peninsula to defend against future shelling.

Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. The international community recognised the annexation as illegal.

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