Major Russian ammunition store blown up by Ukraine

Ukrainian forces have reportedly destroyed a Russian munitions base 24 miles behind the frontlines in occupied territory, a local governor has confirmed. Serhii Haidai, the Head of Luhansk Oblast Military Administration, reposted the explosion on his Telegram channel. According to local sources, it was a “direct hit on the long haul [Russian] trucks with shells”. Smoke could be seen pouring from the site of the explosion as Russian forces scrambled to extinguish the carnage.

The incident occurred on Tuesday afternoon but was reposted and confirmed by Mr Haidai on Wednesday late morning.

He described the incident as “Bavovna”, which is a term that the Russian media used to downplay explosions that take place in Russia.

The phrase is now used by Ukrainians to mock explosions in what Russia claims is their annexed territory in Ukraine.

The city of Kaviidka is located in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine, one of the four areas illegally annexed by Putin last September.

Mr Haidai wrote on Telegram on Wednesday: “There was ‘Bavovna’ in Kadiivka, there on the territory of the plant the Russians tried to hide trucks with ammunition. Video from social networks.”

According to preliminary information, the explosion took place at a factory where the Russians were hiding their ammunition.

Kadiivka is a logistical centrepoint for Russian forces in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, as it is located roughly 37 miles directly west of Bakhmut, where intense frontline fighting has been taking place for several months.

It is also just under 50 miles south of the city of Kreminna, which is currently held by Ukraine but is the subject of ferocious attacks by Russian soldiers.


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