Putin rocked by devastating overnight explosions INSIDE Russia as Zelensky wreaks havoc
VLADIMIR PUTIN has been rocked by explosions overnight near military bases deep within Russian-held areas of Ukraine and inside Russia, in a display of Kyiv’s growing ability to wreak havoc far from the front lines.
11:32, Fri, Aug 19, 2022 | UPDATED: 14:41, Fri, Aug 19, 2022
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In Crimea – the peninsula Russia seized and annexed in 2014 – explosions were reported near an air base in Belbek, on the southwest coast near Sevastopol, the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet. On the opposite end of the peninsula, the sky was also lit up at Kerch near a huge bridge to Russia, with what Putin‘s forces said was fire from its air defences.
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Inside Russia, two villages were evacuated after explosions at an ammunition dump in Belgorod province, near the Ukrainian border but more than 60 miles from territory controlled by Zelensky’s forces.
Kyiv has withheld official comment on incidents in Crimea or inside Russia, while hinting that it was behind them, using long-range weapons or sabotage.
But it adds to growing signs President Volodymyr Zelensky’s troops are stepping up their battle to hammer Putin far from the front lines following his illegal invasion of Ukraine back in February.
Russia has been rocked by more explosions (Image: TWITTER@igorsushko)
Putin has been rocked by more explosions (Image: GETTY )
Russian officials said there were no injuries reported in Crimea or Belgorod.
The Crimean peninsula, which Russia annexed in 2014, is the main supply route for its forces in southern Ukraine and the base for its Black Sea fleet.
They said they had shot down drones in Belbek and Kerch, and confirmed that they had ordered the evacuation of two villages in Belgorod where they were investigating the cause of a fire.