Adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs, Anton Herashchenko, reported this on the basis of Russian Telegram channels. This was also announced by journalist Yurijs Butusovas, based on sources in Russia.
He noted that the main strike force of the Black Sea Fleet – the 43rd Naval Assault Aviation Regiment – was stationed at the Sakai Air Base. However, the destruction of the aircraft in the explosions of the two ammunition depots could have crushed this regiment.
The journalist also noted that I. Osipov retained his position even after the Ukrainian forces destroyed the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, the cruiser Moskva. However, after the explosions at the Saki airfield in Novofedorivka, the admiral lost his post.
Anton Herashchenko writes that I. Osipov will be replaced by Vice Admiral Viktor Sokolov.
At the same time, Oleksiy Kopytko, adviser to the Ukrainian Defense Minister, wrote on his Facebook account that I. Osipov can be called a record holder: he managed to lose the first Russian flagship since 1904-1905. of the Russo-Japanese War and lost the most Russian and Soviet aircraft since World War II.
According to Ukrainian data, about ten airplanes were destroyed during the explosions at the air force base on the Crimean peninsula annexed by Russia.
“After the explosion we saw, it is clear that a contingent of the Air Force was hit,” Yuriy Ihnat, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force headquarters, said on television. According to him, Suchoi Su-30M and Su-24 combat aircraft and Ilyuschin Il-76 transport aircraft are deployed there.
On Tuesday, several explosions rocked near a Russian air force base on the annexed Crimean peninsula at the Saki military airfield in the vicinity of Novofedorivka.
It was from this base that Russian planes took off to bomb Ukraine’s Zaporizhia, Mykolaiv and Kherson regions.
The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine commented on the explosions, saying that it could not determine the cause of the fire, but once again ironically reminded of fire safety rules and the ban on smoking in prohibited places.
Russia, for its part, denies that Tuesday’s explosions damaged any aircraft or that the base was attacked. Russia’s Defense Ministry said the explosions were caused by the detonation of ammunition. Injuries and one death are reported.
Ukraine’s air force said on Wednesday that at least nine Russian warplanes had been destroyed there and the airfield itself had been taken out of action.
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