On August 9, at about 15:00 Kyiv time, a series of powerful explosions occurred at the Russian occupiers’ naval airbase in the village of Novofedorivka, Saksky District, which were observed from towns and villages throughout Western Crimea.

As Andriy Yermak, Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, most likely stated on this occasion, “the Ukrainian South is especially beautiful in August.” As the Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk pointed out, “today’s explosions in Novofedorsvka are another reminder of whose Crimea belongs to. Because it is Ukraine”.

There are reports of mass panic among Russian “vacationers” in the Saksky District, of traffic jams on the roads from Saki to Yevpatoria and Simferopol, as well as that the television signal of the occupiers has disappeared in a number of coastal villages. A number of ambulances are reported to have passed in the Saki area. The Russian propagandists themselves are spreading a video stating that “tourists in Crimea are in a hurry run away right with their suitcases after the explosions”.

The occupiers’ propaganda the immediately stated that these explosions were supposedly “not connected” with rocket or artillery strikes on the Crimea. At the same time, according to the occupant-controlled “Krymskaya Pravda” newspaper, allegedly “the cause of the explosions at the airbase in Novofedorivka was a fire during fuel loading.”

At the same time, the aggressor’s Ministry of Defense stated that allegedly “in the area of the settlement of Novofedorovka, several aviation ammunition detonated on a bunded storage site.” Fake “head of Crimea” Sergey Aksyonov stated that allegedly as a result of the explosion “there were no casualties”, but later the so-called occupiers’ “Ministry of Health” announced allegedly “five wounded”.

It is interesting that local residents still report that the occupiers turned on the air raid alert as part of this “incident”. As a local resident stated on social networks around 5 p.m. on August 9, “the airfield is about a kilometer from us. More than an hour ago, powerful explosions began, the house shuddered. … Air sirens sounded. The explosions are still going on, although the intensity and power have decreased.”
Later, the Russian occupiers cordoned off a five-kilometer zone around the airfield and began to publish conflicting statements about the “evacuation”.

Note that if the version that the “incident” occurred precisely during the unloading of fuel at the airbase has a rational link, then the investigation of our Association, published on February 13 is interesting, about where and how, under the guise of “fuel storage for mobile power plants” the Russian occupiers hide stocks of aviation fuel for their air bases in Belbek and Novofedorivka.

As ARC expert Boris Babin wrote on this occasion, “we are always grateful to our thoughtful and enterprising readers, both on the peninsula and beyond”.