The general staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said in a Sunday statement that Saturday’s fire at the fuel base in Sevastopol “caused panic” in Crimea, annexed by Russia. Fuel from this base was used by the Russian Black Sea Fleet. Natalia Humeniuk, spokeswoman for the South Operational Command, said the destruction of the Russian army’s logistics was “part of the preparations for the Ukrainian counter-offensive.” She added that the fire caused great concern among the inhabitants of Crimea, who are leaving the peninsula “by all possible routes”.
“There is restlessness in temporarily occupied Sevastopol,” the general staff of the Armed Forces said in a Sunday morning communiqué Ukraine. As a result Saturday’s fire that broke out at the fuel depotabout 10 tanks with oil products with a total capacity of about 40,000 tons were destroyed.
“As a result, panicky rumors began to circulate in the city that the Russian anti-aircraft defense was unable to guarantee the security of its own strategic facilities,” we read.
“Feeling the beginning of the so-called hot resort season in the temporarily occupied Crimea, the Russian military began to write applications for leave, in which they indicate the mainland as the place of departure Russia“, said the staff.
The fuel base where the fire broke out was supplying fuel to ships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet that were carrying out missile attacks on Ukrainian cities, it was pointed out. “The victims of the Russian terrorists were civilians and civilian objects. At the same time, according to the information available, there are no casualties as a result of the fire at the fuel base,” wrote the staff of the Ukrainian armed forces.
Humeniuk: the fire is part of the preparations for the Ukrainian counter-offensive
The destruction of the Russian army’s logistics is part of the preparations for the Ukrainian counter-offensive, Natalia Humeniuk, spokeswoman for the South Operational Command, said on Sunday. She added that the fire at the fuel base in Sevastopol caused great concern among the inhabitants of the occupied Crimea, who were leaving the peninsula “by all possible routes”. Humeniuk said that the families of Russian military personnel are also leaving Crimea.
Ukrainian media published a video showing a traffic jam on the Crimean Bridge, which connects the peninsula with Krasnodar Krai in Russia.
Military intelligence: this is God’s punishment for Uman
According to information from the Ukrainian Pravda portal, the fire in Sevastopol was caused by an unmanned aerial vehicle, most likely a Ukrainian drone.
On Saturday, the authorities in Kiev did not officially comment on the events in Sevastopol. Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov posted photos of the burning train on Telegram with the caption: “Sevastopol. Preparation for the holiday season. Good morning.”
A spokesman for the Ukrainian armed forces said he had no information suggesting that Ukraine was responsible for the fire.
Andriy Yusov, a representative of the Ukrainian military intelligence, quoted by the RBK-Ukraina portal, assessed that Saturday’s explosion was “divine punishment, including for the civilians killed in Uman, including five children.” He added that “the punishment will be long-lasting.”
Yusov advised the inhabitants of Crimea not to “stay in the vicinity of military facilities and other facilities used by the Russian army” in the near future.
Main photo source: PAP/EPA/SEVASTOPOL GOVERNOR TELEGRAM HANDOUT