According to Russia’s defence ministry, a fire broke out after several explosions were seen at a temporary ammunition storage facility in the Dzhankoi area of north Crimea at around 4.15am BST (6.15am local time). The latest images from the incident suggest fire and smoke shooting into the sky above the weapon store near the village of Maiske in the early hours of Tuesday.
Videos posted on social media showed thick plumes of smoke rising over raging flames in Mayskoye.
A series of explosions could also be heard.
The Russian Defense Ministry said the fires damaged a power plant, power lines, railroad tracks and apartment buildings.
A news report by Sky News has suggested that the strikes were the work of Ukrainian special forces operating inside the territory, which was annexed by Russia in 2014.
It comes after Russia accused Ukrainian “saboteurs” of carrying out the attack.
Sky News correspondent in Odesa, Alistair Bunkall, said: “I think what is clear is there is at least one – if not two – Ukrainian special forces groups operating with Ukraine sympathisers in Crimea to disrupt Russian operations.”
Russian state media reported that two people were injured as a result of the blasts to the north of the peninsula and that trains were also disrupted.
Russia blamed the blasts in the village of Mayskoye on an “act of sabotage,” without naming the perpetrators.
In another reported act of sabotage, Russia’s Tass news agency quoted the FSB security agency as saying Ukrainian operatives blew up six high-voltage transmission towers earlier this month in Russia’s Kursk region, close to Ukraine.
The Kremlin has demanded that Kyiv recognise Crimea as part of Russia as a condition for ending the fighting, while Ukraine has vowed to drive Moscow’s forces from the peninsula on the Black Sea.
Meanwhile, in Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky is calling on international leaders to push Russian forces out of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, where he says the Kremlin is engaging in nuclear terrorism.