In a speech following the incident, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the war “began with Crimea and must end with Crimea — its liberation.”
Another set of explosions were reported in Crimea this week, en Agosto 16, this time at an ammunition depot in Maiske and at an airfield in Gvardeyskoe.
Russian officials said the incident in Maiske had been the result of sabotage, but they did not specify the kind of sabotage, or whom they believed was responsible.
Acts of sabotage
The attacks come as nascent resistance movement in Russian occupied areas have been carrying out acts of sabotage.
El fin de semana, Ukrainian officials confirmed that a railway bridge near Melitopol, which Russians used to transport military equipment and weapons from occupied Crimea, was blown up by Ukrainian partisans.
As analysts speculate that there is a campaign to degrade Russia’s military capability in Crimea
, Zelensky warned Ukrainians living in occupied areas on Tuesday to avoid Russian forces
’ military facilities
And in reference to the miles-long tailbacks of civilian vehicles attempted to leave Crimea for Russia
, Zelensky said
: “The queue these days to leave Crimea for Russia via the bridge proves that the absolute majority of citizens of the terrorist state already understand or at least feel that Crimea is not a place for them.
The Russian road state agency on Tuesday reported a new traffic record across a Crimean bridge just days after the explosions at Saki airbase.
“During the day on August 15, 38,297 cars drove across the bridge in both directions,” la declaración leída.
Local officials have downplayed the size of the lines saying they were the result of stricter controls on the bridge for security reasons and not because of an increase in outward traffic.
“From the point of view that they are fleeing Crimea, this is a complete lie, there is no doubt about it,” the head of the Russian-controlled Crimean administration, Sergei Aksyonov, told Russian state TV on Tuesday.
Él tuvo, sin embargo, acknowledged last month a hit on the tourism industry in Crimea saying that a 40% decline was expected over the summer. The Russian Tourism Association made a similar prediction in June.
Crimea was forcibly seized by Russia in
2014 — soon after Ukrainian protesters helped topple pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych
— when thousands of Russian-speaking troops wearing unmarked uniforms poured into the peninsula in early March that year
Two weeks later
, Russia completed its annexation of Crimea in a referendum
, slammed by Ukraine and most of the world as illegitimate
, and then considered the biggest land-grab on Europe since World War II