Massive explosion rocks Russian airbase in Crimea

Officials say ammo dump exploded; no deaths reported.

Updated: August 9, 2022 - 2:32pm

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    A massive explosion rocked an airbase in Russian-occupied Crimea on Tuesday, arising from what officials claimed was an explosion at an ammo storage facility. 

    Footage of the fireball and shockwave flooded social media on Tuesday. Russian officials said there were no injuries from the blast, though local authorities claimed five individuals were injured; they reported no deaths as of Tuesday afternoon. 

    The explosion happened at the Saky air base near the town of Novofedorivka on the western coast of the country. 

    The Crimean peninsula has effectively been under Russian control for nearly a decade, though the area is recognized internationally as a part of Ukraine.