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Russia blames sabotage for 'state of emergency' in Crimea, sees 'no need' for nuclear weapons in Ukraine: Live updates

Added 08-16-22 04:04:02pm EST - “Explosions ripped through Crimea, forcing evacuation of 3,000 residents as the Ukraine war appears to be spreading to the peninsula. Updates.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “Russia blames sabotage for 'state of emergency' in Crimea, sees 'no need' for nuclear weapons in Ukraine: Live updates”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Massive explosions and fires ripped through Crimea on Tuesday, forcing 3,000 residents to flee their homes as the war in Ukraine appears to be spreading to the peninsula occupied by Russia since 2014.

The Russian Defense Ministry blamed "sabotage" for explosions at a military warehouse near Dzhankoya. Power lines, a power plant, a railway track and a number of residential buildings were damaged, the ministry said in a statement obtained by the Russian news outlet Kommersant. The explosions were described as a diversion.

No serious injuries were reported. Another fire was reported at a power substation, but officials did not indicate whether it was related to the ammunition blasts. “We are in a state of emergency,” said Sergey Aksenov, the Russian leader of the Crimean administration.

Ukraine presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak did not say the country claimed responsibility for the blasts  but tweeted: "Crimea of normal country is about the Black Sea, mountains, recreation and tourism, but Crimea occupied by Russians is about warehouses explosions and high risk of death for invaders and thieves.''

Last week, the Russian military blamed a series of explosions at Crimea's Saki airbase on an accidental detonation of munitions there, but the incident appeared to be a Ukrainian attack. Kyiv said the explosions destroyed nine Russian airplanes.

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