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At least one killed in rocky blast at Russian air base in Crimea

(CNN)One killed, several injured in series of massive explosions that rock Russian military airbase area did. It annexed Ukraine's Crimea on Tuesday, local officials said.

Footage from the scene showed a large plume of smoke billowing into the air. The Russian Defense Ministry said the explosion was caused by an explosion of aviation ammunition, Russian state media RIA Novosti reported.

According to RIA Novosti, "At about 3:20 pm, multiple air ammunition exploded in the area of ​​the airfield 'Saki' near the Novofedryvka settlement," the ministry said in a statement, he said. RIA Novosti reported.

On Tuesday, Crimea's Minister of Health Konstantin Skorpsky said the blast injured five people. It is not clear if the deceased was among those previously reported injured.

Paramedics and an air ambulance were dispatched to the site of the blast, according to the Ministry of Health.

Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014and considers Crimea to be part of its territory.Kiev and its allies does not recognize annexation and regards the Russian-occupied peninsula as Ukrainian territory.

It was confirmed that an explosion had occurred.

In a statement posted on his Telegram channel late in the afternoon, Kryuchkov said about 30 people who lived nearby were evacuated from their homes after the explosion and that a cordon had been placed around the airfield. said to have been installed.

Separately, the so-called head of the Republic of Crimea, Sergei Aksenov, said: "I went to the scene in the village of Novofedryvka, Saki District. The situation has been clarified." .

He said there was "splashing debris" at the scene and paramedics were working on the scene. Measures have been taken to set up a cordon in: fences, traffic police crews and foot patrols,” he added.

There was no communication from the Ukrainian side about possible attacks in the area. Ukraine is not known to have attacked Crimean territory since the Russian aggression began.

The explosion came just hours after Ukrainian forces carried out what is believed to be the most serious attack yet against the Russian-occupied territories in southern Ukraine near Crimea.

Serhiy Kuran, an adviser to the Chief of Civil Military Administration Kherson, said on Ukrainian television on Tuesday that "there was good news this morning that there was a very strong explosion in the Khenichesk area." .

Genichesk is located in the southern Kherson region, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) from the nearest Ukrainian front.

Khlan suggested that the target he was on the railroad between Henichesk and Melitopol.

"While we are still awaiting formal military approval from the General Staff, this is very welcome news. The explosion was heard for 1.5 to 2 hours at this Crimean-Crimean railway station. Melitopol," he said.

Creating a land corridor connecting Crimea with Russia through the occupied territories of southern and eastern Ukraine was one of the goals of the Russian invasion.
Moscow reached its goal in June, when Russian forces "restored" 1,200 kilometers (745 miles) of track and "made it fully open for traffic." Russia, the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine, the Crimean peninsula, which was annexed from Ukraine by Russian forces in 2014, he said. Water supply through the North Crimean Canal, a lifeline for Crimea, has also been resumed, said Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.