Explosion thunders in Kerch, Crimea, Russian authorities claim air defence systems opened fire

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KATERYNA TYSHCHENKO – THURSDAY, 18 AUGUST 2022, 21:35

The Russian occupying authorities claim that air defence systems were activated in Kerch, Crimea, on Thursday evening.

Source: Oleg Kryuchkov, the so-called "advisor to the head of Crimea" on Telegram; local Telegram channels; Krym.Realii (Crimea.Realities)

Quote from Kryuchkov: "Preliminary information: the anti-aircraft defence systems have worked in Kerch. There is no danger to the town or the Crimean Bridge."

Details: At the same time, Crimea-based social media is reporting a loud blast in Kerch which was heard in different districts of the town, as well as in nearby villages. In some buildings, the windows were shaking.

Residents of Kerch told Krym.Realii (Crimea.Realities) that on the evening of 18 August, they heard loud noises similar to explosions.

According to information from social media, the first loud blasts that "the whole of Kerch could hear" happened at 20:42. People's windows shook, car alarms went off. People in Kerch began to post that they could see a light streak of smoke in the sky. At 20:56, another powerful sound, similar to an explosion, was heard, and a fiery flash appeared in the sky for a couple of seconds and vanished as quickly as it had appeared, Krym.Realii notes.

For reference: The Kerch Bridge or Crimean Bridge, which connects occupied Crimea with Russia, is located in Kerch.

Previously: On 17 August, Mykhailo Podoliak, the adviser to the head of the President’s Office, stated that the Crimean Bridge should be destroyed as a legitimate military target.

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