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Ukraine instructs civilians to avoid Russian ammunition depot after explosion

After a massive explosion at a military base in Russian-occupied Crimea, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy announced the He urged people to "be very careful". Avoid areas where Russian troops store ammunition and equipment.

"The reasons for explosions in occupied territories can be different, and can be very different, especially quoting the occupiers' own definition of 'bangling,'" Zelensky said. said in his latest speech. "But they all mean the same thing. Destroying the occupier's logistics, ammunition, military and other equipment, command posts saves the lives of our people."

Tuesday A large explosion occurred at the Maiskoye ammunition storage facility. This is his second time in a week that an explosion occurred at a Russian outpost in Russian-occupied territory in 2014.

Russia called the recent explosions "sabotage" without identifying the perpetrators. They followed last week's attack on the Saki airbase that destroyed nine Russian fighter jets.

Ukraine did not claim responsibility for the Maiskoye incident, but Ukrainian presidential adviser Mikhaylo Podoljak tweeted:

Russian officials said the fire at the depot had damaged power plants, power lines, tracks and some apartments, but no one was seriously injured.

The battle for control of Crimea remains controversial, with Moscow demanding Ukraine recognize Crimea as part of Russia and Ukraine agreeing to negotiate a final end to the war.

The military supply depot where the explosion occurred is located in the northern part of the peninsula, about 50 kilometers from Kherson, a Russian-controlled region in southern Ukraine.

The Russian military blamed last week's bombing at Saki Air Base on an accidental ammunition detonation there. They say their military did it.

Visit of Guterres

UN Secretary-General António Guterres is scheduled to visit Ukraine on Thursday to meet with Zelensky and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. be.

Guterres spokesman Stéphane Dujarric told reporters that the UN secretary-general will travel to the southern city of Odessa on Friday to visit the port used as part of an initiative to resume Ukrainian grain exports. said he would visit The United Nations and Turkey have helped broker a deal between Russia and Ukraine amid the global food crisis, and several ships have already left Ukraine.

Guterres will also travel to Istanbul on Saturday to visit the Joint Coordination Center, which oversees the export system, including inspections of exports required by Russia.

US Secretary of State Anthony Brinken said late Monday that he has pledged $68 million to help "procure, transport and store up to 150,000 tons of Ukrainian wheat to combat acute food insecurity." announced that it would donate $

“The resumption of exports from Ukraine's Black Sea ports is a positive step in addressing the needs of food-insecure countries, but the millions of tons of food trapped inside the reach markets and help feed the world's most vulnerable people," Blinken said in a statement.