Pics show ’20 jets wrecked and $1bn of damageafter Russian air base blasts

FRESH satellite images reveal the devastation at a Russian airbase after it was struck by a series of powerful explosions.

Broken and charred remains of ruso fighter jets can be seen at the air force base in occupied Crimea, following a reported ucranio airstrike on Tuesday afternoon.

Saki airbase in Crimea following the devastating alleged airstrike

Saki airbase in Crimea following the devastating alleged airstrikeCrédito: Reuters
The base just before the blast on Tuesday

The base just before the blast on TuesdayCrédito: Reuters
Hasta 20 fighter jets are reported to have been destroyed in the explosions

Hasta 20 fighter jets are reported to have been destroyed in the explosions

Russia had previously denied any of its aircraft were damaged in the blast at Saki airbase in Western Crimea, a solo millas de las playas populares entre los visitantes rusos.

The suspected Ukrainian attack left at least one person dead, hasta 20 aviones destruidos, y alrededor $1 billones de daños, según Anton Gerashchenko, advisor to Ukraine’s Minister of Internal Affairs.

El miércoles, un clip supuestamente tomado de la base reveló el restos chamuscados de un avión de combate ruso de 19 millones de libras esterlinas destruido en la base.

Russia has again denied that any aircraft were damaged in the blastseven refusing to acknowledge that any attack had taken placebizarrely putting the incident down to an accident caused by an aircraft engine fire.

But photos of the base published by US satellite imaging company Planet Labs show the extent of the destruction at the base, con al menos siete aviones de combate completamente destruidos.

Swathes of scorched earth at the base also appear to show a series of blasts.

At least three large craters can be seen next to jet ammunition storage buildings, showing that the attack may be far worse than the Kremlin has previously admitted.

One way to interpret those craters is precise strikes from a long-range munition,” Elliot Higgins from investigative agency Bellingcat reported.

He added that there wereno impacts visible that look like they could be misses, so either they used very accurate weapons or they got very lucky”.

Los funcionarios en Kyiv hasta ahora no han llegado a reclamar directamente la responsabilidad del ataque. – but confirmed at least nine planes had been destroyed and mocked Russia’s explanation that the fire could have been down to a careless smoker.

In a sarcastic Facebook post, the ministry said itcannot establish the cause of the fire, but once again recalls the rules of fire safety and the prohibition of smoking in unspecified places”.

Ukraine’s defence ministry later responded to the deadly blast with a video trolling Russians for visiting the beaches in Crimea, cuales Russia illegally annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

Either they used very accurate weapons or they got very lucky

Elliot HigginsBellingcat

In a clip shared on its official Twitter account, it joked that the Russians could have visited Dubai, pavo, or Cuba, instead of the disputed territory, after dramatic images showed a mushroom cloud rising in the background next to a packed beach.

Tourists were seen fleeing in panic and even crying as plumes of smoke rose over the nearby coastline.

Las imágenes de un centro turístico cercano muestran decenas de edificios con ventanas reventadas, while Crimean authorities say at least 250 las personas han sido trasladadas de sus hogares a alojamientos temporales.

Filas de millas de largo de rusos que huyen han sido fotografiadas cruzando la frontera principal entre Crimea y Rusia..

But Russian authorities have downplayed the explosions, claiming that no hotels or beaches in Crimea have been affected in the peninsula popular with tourists from Russia.

Surreal pictures showed the aftermath of the blast miles from a tourist beach

Surreal pictures showed the aftermath of the blast miles from a tourist beachCrédito: Reuters
A mushroom cloud rises close to a beach popular with Russian visitors

A mushroom cloud rises close to a beach popular with Russian visitorsCrédito: AP
The reported remains of a fighter jet at the airbase

The reported remains of a fighter jet at the airbaseCrédito: East2West
Satellite images taken before the blast in Western Crimea

Satellite images taken before the blast in Western CrimeaCrédito: AP
Scorched earth around the base after a reported series of missile strikes

Scorched earth around the base after a reported series of missile strikesCrédito: AP
Russia illegally annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014

Russia illegally annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014Crédito: Reuters

La base aérea de Saki se ha utilizado como base para innumerables ataques en el sureste de Ucrania..

It is some 125 miles from the nearest Ukrainian position, beyond the range of most of the country’s long-range munitionsincluding the infamous US-provided Himars rocket launchers, which can reach targets up to 50 kilómetros de distancia.

ATACMS, a type of missile used in the Himars, can travel up to 190 millas, but the US has insisted that none have been delivered yet.

This suggests they may have struck the base with anti-ship missiles supplied by the West.

The attack has also been put down to possible pro-Ukrainian guerillas working in Crimea.

Russia has demanded Ukraine recognise Crimea as its territory before any ceasefire is agreed.

Hours after the attack, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky declared that the guerra could not end until the liberation of Crimea.

It came just hours before at least eight blasts were reported in neighbouring Bielorrusia at the Zyabrovka airbase, used regularly by Russian military aircraft.

Bielorrusia – a close ally of Moscowhas also downplayed the reports of explosions on Wednesday night, with the country’s defence ministry putting them down to an engine fire.

The base is around 30km (18 millas) from the Belarus-Ukraine border.

Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko permitted Putin‘s troops into his country months before the war broke out.

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