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A dozen explosions were heard at a Russian airbase in Crimea. Moscow denies any attack and talks of an incident at an ammunition depot. At the same time, the Russian military, which is occupying the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhya, is preparing to connect it with the Crimea, occupied by Moscow, reports the Ukrainian operator Energotom. Follow the latest developments of the day on France 24.
6:38 am: One killed in explosions at Russian airport in Crimea
Local officials said one person was killed Tuesday afternoon in explosions at a Russian airport on the Crimean peninsula, which Moscow denied. According to the Russians, it was not an assault, but an explosion of stored ammunition.
Witnesses said they heard at least 12 explosions at around 3:20 pm (1220 GMT) from Saki Air Base near Novofedorivka on the peninsula’s west coast.
1:19 am: Russians will connect Zaporizhia power plant with Crimea
The Russian military that captured the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia is preparing to link it to Crimea, a peninsula occupied by Moscow in 2014, and is damaging it by redirecting power generation, the operator’s chairman said Tuesday. warned to
“To do this, you must first damage the power lines of the plant connected to the Ukrainian energy system. From 7 to 9 August, the Russians have already damaged three power lines. At the moment, the plant operates with only one line. doing production, which is a very dangerous way of working,” he said.
“When the last production line is cut, the plant will be powered by diesel-powered generators. Everything will depend on their reliability and fuel stock,” warned Petro Kotin.
12:01 am: “Crimea is Ukrainian and we will never leave it”, says Volodymyr Zelensky
After an explosion on Tuesday at an ammunition depot held by Russia on Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, the Ukrainian president made an update.
“Crimea is Ukrainian and we will never leave it. We will not forget that the annexation of Crimea was the beginning of Russia’s war against Ukraine”, asserted Volodymyr Zelensky during his daily address. “The world is beginning to realize it was wrong in 2014 when it decided not to respond with full force to Russia’s first offensive actions.