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Some Russians enjoy vacation in sunny Crimea despite blast

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Russian tourists are taking advantage of Wednesday's heat and sun to enjoy their summer vacation in Crimea, and said they were not worried about the blast that rocked the military base earlier in the week.

Crimea, annexed by Russia in 2014, has always been an important destination for holidaymakers.

Russia on Tuesday accused saboteurs of orchestrating a series of explosions at an ammunition depot in Crimea. An explosion hit an air force base last week, which Moscow said at the time was an accident.

Tourists interviewed at the main railway station in the seaside town of Sevastopol and Simferopol, the Crimean capital, said they were focused on having a good time.

"Even an explosion or other diversion will not change our vacation plans. We will happily stay here...and relax in this glorious sun and glorious sea." ”said singer Yury Znamensky.

Adults and children splashed and lay on the beach. A Russian warship was visible in the background, and at one point a military helicopter was flying low overhead.

Evgenia Romashova, from Zheleznogorsk in western Russia, said she was worried about the explosion, but she decided to come anyway. "This is our favorite town," she said.

In Simferopol, trains with tourists from all over Russia arrived incessantly.

"We ventured nothing and gained nothing. We are not afraid," said his Rakhmat Gusman from Kazan, Tatarstan, about 2,000 km (1,240 miles) northeast. Babay said with a smile. (Reporting by Reuters; Editing by Jonathan Ortiz)