Russia redeployed troops in Crimea after a series of explosions


After a number of explosions in Crimea in August, Russian military command redeployed part of the Black Sea Fleet staff to Novorossiysk and distributed aircraft from Crimea to airbases located on the territory of Russia.

Source: Vadym Skibitskyi, the Representative of the Chief Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, for Krym.Realii (Crimea.Realities)

Quote: "Measures were carried out in the Black Sea Fleet; the personnel who are not directly involved and have auxiliary functions were redeployed from the HQ of the Black Sea Fleet to Novorossiysk. We do not rule out that some warships and supply vessels will be replaced from Sevastopol to Novorossiysk as well, to avoid strikes.

As for the movements, the [line-up of] grouping in Crimea has not changed, except for the fact that the aircraft have been redeployed, its concentration on airbases of the Russian Federation [has changed]; air defence has been strengthened due to the transfer of additional military forces and anti-aircraft defence systems".

Details: Russian troops continue to move military equipment, ammunition and personnel through Crimea, in particular through the Crimean Bridge. Skibitskyi added that the protection of the bridge has been strengthened since the beginning of the war.


  • On 9 August, explosions occurred at the military airbase in Novofedorivka, in the Saky district of Russian-occupied Crimea.

  • Ukraine’s Defence Ministry stated it could not establish the cause of the fire in Novofedorivka. In September, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine confirmed that the army had been behind the attacks on airbases in occupied Crimea last month.

  • The Russian Defence Ministry claims that no one fired at the Saky airfield in Crimea, but, for some reason, there was a detonation of ammunition.

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