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BRITISH MINISTRY OF DEFENCE EXPATIATES ON CRIMEA AIRBASE EXPLOSIONS

BRITISH MINISTRY OF DEFENCE EXPATIATES ON CRIMEA AIRBASE EXPLOSIONS

Although what precipitated the explosions that rocked Russia’s Saky airbase in Crimea earlier this week is still sketchy, the Britain’s Ministry of Defense believes they were “almost certainly from the detonation of up to four uncovered munition storage areas,”

 

The ministry made this known during its daily intelligence briefing posted on Twitter.

 

The ministry named the aircraft it believes was hit in the blasts, for which Ukrainian officials have not publicly claimed responsibility.

 

AFRICUNIA TV had earlier reported Russia’s denial of the attack, saying that none of its planes was destroyed, despite satellite imagery released Thursday that shows eight aircraft destroyed or damaged.

 

On its post, the ministry said, “At least five Su-24 FENCER fighter-bombers and three Su-30 FLANKER H multi-role jets were almost certainly destroyed or seriously damaged in the blasts.

 

“Saky’s central dispersal area has suffered serious damage, but the airfield probably remains serviceable.”

 

“Eight combat jets are a small fraction of Russia’s full fleet, but Saky is an important base for Russia’s Black Sea naval fleet.

 

“The fleet’s naval aviation capability is now significantly degraded. The incident will likely prompt the Russian military to revise its threat perception. Crimea has probably been seen as a secure rear-area.”

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