On the evening of August 18, an ammunition depot caught fire near the village of Timonovo in the Belgorod Region; a few hours later, air defense systems worked in Kerch. Local residents told RBC the details of the incident
Eyewitnesses interviewed by RBC spoke about the situation in Kerch, where the air defense system went off, and in the Belgorod region, where the ammunition depot caught fire.
In Kerch, according to local resident Anna Mikhailevich, loud explosions were heard on the evening of August 18. “First, around 20:40, two explosions, the bed and the floor of the house shook. Five minutes later, another explosion. I saw a bright light, nothing else, but it was scary. Now everything is calm, they said that the air defense worked, & mdash; she said.
Eyewitness Alexander said that at the time of the incident he was with friends in the village of Glazovka, located 2 km from Kerch. “The missiles flew right over us: the first at about 20:30, the second at about 21. We immediately understood from the appearance that these were missiles, they flew right overhead. The friend was very scared. After they flew over, they heard a very loud whistle— probably, like from a projectile, and then there was an explosion— from the first rocket. From the second I have not heard,»,— he said.
Oleg Kryuchkov, adviser to the head of Crimea, did not specify what was the reason, reporting on the air defense system that had worked, but noted that there was no danger to the city and the Crimean bridge. According to Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the military-civilian administration of the Zaporozhye region, a Ukrainian drone was shot down there.
A fire at an ammunition depot in the Belgorod region occurred on the evening of August 18 near the village of Timonovo, Valuysky urban district. The settlement is located in the south-east of the region, not far from the border with the Kharkov and Lugansk regions of Ukraine. According to Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov, no one was killed or injured, the residents of the villages of Timonovo and Solotivy were taken to a safe distance. The cause of the fire has not yet been established.
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Eyewitnesses interviewed by RBC also said they heard the sounds of explosions. Valery, a resident of the Valuisky district, said that he was in the village of Pyatnitskoye, located 25-30 km from Timonovo. “For about 50 minutes, explosions have been heard, a glow and smoke can be seen. The car shakes, the fence shakes. Explosions are frequent, do not stop. I don’t know anything about evacuation, — he said.
«We are in the village of Yablonovo. Explosions are heard, very strong, and the glow, smoke and fire can be seen very well. From Timonovo about 25 km. We don’t plan to leave, — a resident of the Valuysky district told RBC.
According to Anna, a resident of the village of Soloti (also located in the Valuysky district), many explosions were heard, “there were strong vibrations, but apart from smoke, nothing reached [Soloti].” “We are now in the village of Borki, we were evacuated by relatives in their car. When we were passing by, we saw military equipment, buses, evacuation vehicles near the Palace of Culture and at the bus stop on Central Street, — she said.
According to another resident of the village of Soloti, the explosions in the ammunition depot began at about 19:00. “This warehouse is located 5 km from Solotei, and the explosions are perfectly audible even in the house. If you go outside, you can see the glow from the side of the fire. Now everything has started to subside, — he noted.
Later on the same day, the governor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhaev, said that in the area of the Belbek military airport, air defense systems shot down a drone, no one was injured. Reuters wrote, citing eyewitnesses, that there were at least four explosions.
August 16, ammunition exploded in a military unit in the Dzhankoy region of Crimea. The Russian Ministry of Defense called the explosions a sabotage, the Investigative Committee opened a criminal case, and a state of emergency was introduced in the north of the peninsula.
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