Two Russian villages near the border with Ukraine were evacuated today after a fire broke out at an ammunition depot.
The fire came days after explosions at a military base and an ammunition depot in Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014. In the second case, in fact, Moscow recognized that there was Ukrainian “sabotage”.
“An ammunition depot caught fire near the village of Timonovo” (which is less than 50 kilometers from the Ukrainian border) in Belgorod province, regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said.
There were no casualties, but for precautionary reasons the residents of Timonovo and the neighboring village of Soloti were “moved to a safe distance”, according to Gladkov, who added that the causes of the fire are being investigated.
A video posted on social media showed a large fireball and thick black smoke covering the area. In a second video, the successive explosions are recorded from a distance.