Crimea Air Base on Fire after Second Night of Ukraine Strikes

A Russian military airfield in Crimea has caught fire for a second night in a row, according to new reports, after Moscow said Ukraine had launched consecutive long-range strikes on the Russian-controlled peninsula.

The Belbek airfield, close to the port city of Sevastopol on Crimea’s western edge where Russia bases its Black Sea naval fleet, is “on fire again,” Russian independent news outlet Astra reported on Thursday.

Grainy footage shared by the outlet appears to show a fire blazing, but it is not possible to verify the details of the clip.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement that Ukrainian forces used U.S.-provided ATACMS long-range missiles against unspecified facilities at around 11 p.m. Moscow time on Wednesday. Five missiles were “destroyed” by Russian air defenses over Crimea, Moscow said.

The air base is reported to host dozens of Russian fighter jets used to launch attacks on Ukrainian targets.

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