Explosions rang out at the airfield in Novofedorivka in occupied Crimea
Explosions rang out on the territory of the military airfield in Novofedorivka in the occupied Crimea.
This is reported by eyewitnesses and Russian mass media .
Videos and photos are published in local Telegram channels.
It is about 4 explosions, after which the detonation began.
Russian mass media report that the explosions have not stopped for over an hour.
There are currently no official statements regarding the situation.
It is reported that rescue and ambulance crews went to the scene.
According to data from open sources, the 43rd Fighter Aviation Regiment of the Russian Air Force is based at the airfield in Novofedorivka, which mainly consists of Su-30SM, Su-33 and Su-24M bombers.
The military airfield in Novofedorivka is located near the city of Saka in the occupied Crimea, where the 10th Marine Aviation Brigade of the Ukrainian Navy was based before the annexation of the peninsula.
In 2014, the Ukrainian military managed to evacuate aircraft from the airfield. The crews managed to get 2 An-26s, 3 Mi-14s, and one Be-12 and Ka-27 each into the air and fly to Kulbakino, and 4 days later – another Ka-27PS. On March 9, 2014, the airfield was captured by the Russian military with the support of a pair of Mi-35M helicopters.
Hero of Ukraine Ihor Bedzai managed the process of removing the equipment. In 2014, he was acting commander of the 10th Saka Brigade of Naval Aviation of the Armed Forces of the Russian Armed Forces.
Ihor Bedzai received the title of Hero of Ukraine posthumously. He died in May 2022 during a combat mission, as part of the crew of a Mi-14 naval helicopter, from a Russian fighter missile.
In June 2022, Volodymyr Zelenskyy awarded the 10th Naval Aviation Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with the name of Hero of Ukraine Colonel Ihor Bedzai.
Pictures of the air base in Novofedorivka appeared a few hours before the explosions
A satellite image of the Russian airbase in Novofedorivka 4 hours before the explosions appeared in the public domain.
The picture from the Planet Labs satellite was released by investigators of "Scheme" (Radio Liberty).
This airfield is one of the key airfields of the Crimean Peninsula for Russian aviation. Until 2014, it was a base of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Currently, the 43rd Fighter Aviation Regiment of the Russian Aerospace Forces is based there.
This air regiment mainly consists of Su-30SM, Su-33 fighters and Su-24M bombers.
Also, a few hours before the explosions began, an unknown plane was at the air base.
Occupied Crimea became for Russia not only a bridgehead for an offensive from the south by ground forces, but also a convenient base for air raids.
It is here that at least two large military airfields are located, which the Russian Federation actively uses in the war against Ukraine.
One of the key airfields for Russian aviation in the occupied Crimea is located near the city of Novofedorivka.
Even before the start of a full-scale offensive, he was ready for immediate hostilities.
One of the pilots, who flew from the city of Saka and bombed Ukrainian cities, was captured after his plane was shot down in the Mykolaiv region.
This is the commander of the aviation squadron, Major Oleksiy Golovenskyi. During a press conference in Kyiv, he said that he had performed similar tasks in Syria.