Explosions in Sevastopol, social media report strikes – photo, video

Smoke in the centre of Sevastopol on 23 March. Photo: the Crimean Wind (Krymskii Veter) Telegram channel
Smoke in the centre of Sevastopol on 23 March. Photo: the Crimean Wind (Krymskii Veter) Telegram channel

On Saturday evening, about ten explosions were heard in occupied Sevastopol. The occupation authorities reported the work of air defence systems and targets shot down, and the Crimean Wind (Krymskii Veter) Telegram channel reported that strikes occurred in the city.

Source: Suspilne, Ukraine's public broadcaster, with reference to a local resident; the Crimean Wind (Krymskii Veter) Telegram channel; Mikhail Razvozhayev, the so-called governor of Sevastopol on Telegram

Details: A local resident told Suspilne about ten explosions in Sevastopol. Later, he added that at 22:29 (Kyiv time), four more explosions occurred in Sevastopol.

The Crimean Wind Telegram channel, citing its subscribers, reports strikes and a fire in Kozacha Bay, where the permanent base of Russia's 810th Marine Brigade is located.

The Telegram channel reports that ambulances and firefighters are heading towards Kozacha Bay.

In addition, with reference to the subscribers, Krymskii Veter reports that "ships have arrived in Sevastopol, there is smoke on Cape Fiolent, and a column of smoke is observed in Inkerman".

The Telegram channel reports that a very strong explosion occurred near Balaklava.

In addition, the channel reports that "something is on big fire near the airport" in Simferopol.

Mikhail Razvozhayev, the so-called governor of Sevastopol, said that air defence systems were working in the city. According to him, "several air targets have been shot down". He also claimed that "the smoke in the area of the inner raid, Sevastopol and Pivdenna bays, is due to the military using their service camouflage equipment".

Later, Mikhail Razvozhayev said that the Russians were repelling a massive attack on Sevastopol. "According to preliminary information, more than 10 missiles have been shot down. The missile attack continues," Razvozhayev wrote.

After more than an hour and a half, the all-clear was given in Sevastopol.

Later, Mykola Oleshchuk, Commander of Ukraine's Air Force, thanked the pilots and mariners for their combat efforts, adding that "Crimea is ours".

This news has been updated since publication.

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