More blasts in Russian-held areas far from Ukraine front lines | Russia-Ukraine war News


Explosions were reported overnight near military bases deep in Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine and within the territory of Russia itself as Ukrainian forces appear to show their ability to handle Moscow’s logistics far from the front lines. destroy.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in televised comments on Friday that statements by Ukrainian officials about strike facilities in Russian-occupied Crimea “mark an escalation in the conflict that is openly encouraged by the United States and its NATO allies.”

“Deep and overt US involvement” in the war in Ukraine “in effect puts the US on the brink of becoming a party to the conflict,” Ryabkov said.

“We don’t want escalation, we want to avoid a situation where the US becomes a party to the conflict, but so far we have not seen their willingness to take those warnings into serious consideration,” he said.

In Crimea – the peninsula that Russia seized and annexed in 2014 – explosions were reported overnight at an air base in Belbek, on the southwest coast near Sevastopol, the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

On the other side of the peninsula, skies were also lit at Kerch at a huge bridge to Russia, with what Russia said was fire from its own air defenses.

Within Russia, two villages were evacuated after explosions at an ammunition depot in Belgorod province, near the Ukrainian border but more than 100 km (60 miles) from territory controlled by Ukrainian forces.

Residents were evacuated after a fire at an ammunition depot near the village of Timonovo, Belgorod region governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said Friday.

About 1,100 people live in the villages of Timonovo and Soloti, but there were no casualties in the fire that broke out late Thursday night, the governor said.

Kiev has cultivated an air of ambiguity around such incidents by withholding official comment about explosions and fires in Crimea or in Russia, as well as hinting that Ukrainian forces were responsible, using long-range weapons or sabotage.

Last week, nine Russian warplanes were reportedly destroyed at an airbase in Crimea, demonstrating both the Russians’ vulnerability and the Ukrainians’ ability to strike deep behind enemy lines.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy alluded to Ukrainian troops carrying out attacks behind enemy lines following the explosions in Crimea, which Russia has been blamed for “sabotage”.


‘Guerrilla War’

Stefan Wolff, a professor of international security at the University of Birmingham, told Al Jazeera that Ukrainian attacks in Russia-controlled territory demonstrate Kiev’s growing military capabilities and the frustration of Moscow’s war effort.

“I think this indicates that Ukraine is now increasingly penetrating Russia’s strategic depths in terms of its supply lines. And this is very important given that Russia is still trying to mount offensives, especially around Kharkov at the moment and in the Donbas area, and also the offensive Ukraine has launched in the Kherson region in the south, against it,” said Wolff. said.

“So disrupting Russian supplies will make Russian efforts on all three front lines much more difficult, and that is of course a very important development from a Ukrainian perspective.

“I think it’s definitely a new trend that we’ve seen there,” he added.

“But I think it generally follows a trajectory where we’ve seen Ukraine both use more advanced Western-supplied weapons, but also expand its reach into Russian-controlled areas through what you might call guerrilla or partisan warfare. And that is clearly something of great concern to Russia, not only in the sense that they could lose control of these areas, but also that it will undermine their overall war effort,” Wolff continued.

“It could also dent Russia’s hopes of holding referendums, as they have announced in the Kherson region, to go back on the offensive there and claim these areas as independent states or as part of Russia. ”

‘It sure looks bad’

Russian officials reported no one was injured in the latest incidents in Crimea or Belgorod. They also said they had shot down Ukrainian drones in Belbek and Kerch.

“It certainly looks bad – or good – depending on the perspective,” tweeted former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt, with video showing huge flames and smoke in the night sky reportedly at the Russian base in Belbek. Reuters could not confirm the authenticity of the video.

Closer to the front, Kiev also announced several attacks at night behind Russian lines in the southern province of Kherson, including at a bridge near the Kakhovka Dam, one of the last routes for Russia to supply thousands of troops on the western bank of the river. river Dnieper.

“The Ukrainian armed forces treated the Russians to a magical evening,” Seriy Khlan, a member of the Kherson regional council disbanded by the Russian occupation forces, wrote on Facebook.

Ukraine hopes its seemingly new-found ability to hit Russian targets behind the front lines could turn the tide in the conflict and disrupt the supply lines Moscow needs to support its occupation.

In recent days, it has warned Russians, for whom Crimea has become a popular summer vacation destination, that nowhere on the peninsula is safe as long as it is occupied.

Meanwhile, in recent days Russian forces have stepped up their shelling of civilian areas of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, in what British intelligence described as an apparent attempt to force Ukraine to keep troops in the area.

Seventeen people were killed and 42 injured in two separate Russian attacks there in the past two days, the regional governor said Thursday. Five more rockets hit the city early Friday morning, killing at least one person, he said. Moscow denies targeting civilians.

Thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced since Russia launched its invasion on Feb. 24, saying it aimed to demilitarize Ukraine and protect Russian speakers on what President Vladimir Putin called historical Russian land.

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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