Fire in Sevastopol near Belbek airfield. Russia claims missiles were intercepted
On Wednesday, January 31, explosions were heard in the temporarily occupied Sevastopol, and Russia announced the operation of air defense systems
The explosions in Sevastopol were reported by the pro-Ukrainian movement Crimean Wind.
According to the locals, explosions also occurred in Saki, Dzhankoy, Gvardiyske, Feodosia, Nizhnegirske and Simferopol.
The governor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhayev, said that Russian air defense systems were allegedly operating.
At the same time, a fire was reported in the temporarily occupied Sevastopol. According to the Crimean Wind, smoke is visible from different parts of the city, the fire is in the area of the Belbek airfield.
Russian occupation authorities' statement
The governor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhayev, has announced the operation of Russian air defense.
According to the Russians, more than 6 missiles were allegedly shot down over Sevastopol. There were no casualties, but 12 buildings were allegedly damaged.
Ukrainian Air Force response to the January 31 explosions in Crimea
According to Ukrainian Air Force Commander Mykola Oleshchuk, the Air Force includes the 204th Sevastopol Tactical Aviation Brigade.
"So, its regular place of basing is the Belbek airfield! Ukrainian aviators will definitely return to their home airfield. In the meantime, I thank everyone who contributed to the cleansing of Crimea from the Russian presence!" the statement reads.