The Belbek air base in Crimea exploded.

(Picture taken from twitter/@nexta_tv)

[Compiled by Chen Chengliang/Comprehensive Report] The Crimea Peninsula, annexed by Russia, exploded again!

According to a report by Radio Free Europe, a huge explosion was heard on the 1st local time at the Belbek Air Force Base, north of the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, Sevenberg, and black smoke could be seen rising into the sky.

However, officials said the cause of the accident was that the plane overran the runway and caught fire when it landed, with an "explosive ammunition" in the process.

According to the report, the Russian-appointed mayor of Sevanburg, Mikhail Razvozhayev, posted on the social media Telegram that the extraordinary situation occurred at Belbek Airport, "according to rescuers, the plane was in the process of landing. It ran off the runway and caught fire. The fire brigade is currently fighting the fire.”

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Razvozaev later admitted that "some of the ammunition exploded" at the airport, but stressed that the fire was quickly put out and the airport was not damaged.

Earlier, an explosion was also reported at Belbek Air Force Base on August 19. The airport is the largest military airport of the Russian army in Crimea, and fighter aircraft including Su-27, Su-27SM, Su-30M2 and Su-27M have been stationed. .

After reconstruction in 2020, the airfield can also park long-range strategic bombers such as Tu-22M3, Tu-160 and Tu-95MS.

According to reports, after the explosion at Saky airbase in Crimea on August 9, Russian military planes from the base were transferred to Belbek.

There are frequent explosions at Russian military bases in Crimea. First, an explosion at Saki Airport in Novo Fedorovka on August 9 killed 1 and injured 14.

According to satellite images, nine Russian fighter jets were destroyed.

On the 16th, in the town of Dzhankoi near the village of Meskoye in northern Crimea, an explosion occurred at a substation and a Russian military ammunition depot, injuring at least 2 people. On the same day, Simfero in central Crimea. The Simferopol Airfield was also suspected of being attacked and thick smoke was coming from it.

Ukrainian officials have yet to comment on the latest bombing in Crimea.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov has previously promised that the Ukrainian army will not use the US-aided "HIMARS" high-mobility multiple rocket system (HIMARS) to attack Russian territory, but this promise does not apply to the Crimei. Asia.

U.S. Secretary of State Blinken publicly stated on September 27 that the U.S. does not oppose Ukraine’s use of Western weapons to retake Russia’s “pseudo-referendum” territory. Asia Peninsula.

#Crimea. There are clouds of smoke over Lyubimovka (near Belbek airport in #Sevastopol). Eyewitnesses report that they heard an explosion.

— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) October 1, 2022

Aerial view of Belbek Air Force Base in Crimea.

(taken from Google Earth)