Ukraine hammers Russian base in Crimea

An air base in Russian-occupied Crimea erupted with explosions after a Ukrainian strike against Russia’s most advanced air defense batteries, according to Ukrainian reports and analysts.

“Damage to the latest S-400 system has been confirmed, with the launcher being blown up and serious damage done to the other machines of the system,” according to a Ukrainian resistance movement in Crimea, via a Ukrainian media translation. “The occupiers had so much faith in their latest air defense system that they placed the missile storage points right next to the launcher.”

That announcement provides an explanation for footage that circulated on social media of an apparently large explosion at the Dzhankoi air base, in the northern reaches of the Crimean peninsula. Footage of the blasts rocketed across social media, undercutting Russian reports that the attack was unsuccessful.

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