Videos Show Explosions Rocking Russian Military Airfield in Crimea

Multiple videos of explosions at a Russian military airfield have begun circulating on social media.

"So far, I can only confirm the very fact of several explosions in the Novofedorovka area. I ask everyone to wait for official reports and not to produce versions," Oleg Kryuchkov, adviser to the head of Crimea, wrote on Telegram.

Viktoria Kazirova, deputy head of the administration of the Saki district, also confirmed the validity. The cause of the explosions has not yet been provided.

Videos on another Telegram channel show a massive plume of smoke rising into the sky following the explosion. The collection of videos has been viewed over 100,000 times on Telegram since being posted earlier today.

According to Russian state-owned news agency Tass, ambulances and medical aviation were sent to the site following the explosions.

The report added that the Saki military airfield, near the village of Novofedorovka, is used for basing aviation of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.

There is also a ground test training complex for practicing take-off and landing of naval aircraft.

Political strategist Jason Jay Smart shared a video of tourists taking pictures of the smoke cloud while also remarking there were reports saying Ukraine fired missiles into Crimea. Ukraine has not yet officially come forward and confirmed this.

"Reports say Ukraine fired 15 missiles into occupied-Crimea. The explosion is/was the airport of Novofedorvka," he tweeted.

"Tons of videos of tourists driving out of Crimea as fast as they can... which is probably a good idea, as I suspect there might not be a bridge to Russia soon."

Newsweek has contacted the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ukraine's Ministry of Defense for comment.

This incident comes with just weeks until the conflict hits its 6-month mark. It is still unclear how the war between the two nations would come to an end.

An advisor to Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky has voiced doubts that Russia would negotiate an end to the invasion in good faith.

Speaking in an interview with the BBC's Ukrainian service, Mykhailo Podolyak said that Russia was predictable and said how talks would go.

"Russia is so intellectually predictable," that it would be "obvious" how any negotiations would play out, according to Podolyak. He believes that Russia would seek to start talks with a promise to temporarily stop shelling areas it is trying to seize.

Moscow would then portray the administrations in place in the already captured territories as de facto Russian, and so should be recognized as "lost," a position Ukraine would refuse to accept.

"Then a banal story would take place," he said, according to a translation. This would involve a ceasefire being followed by a Ukrainian counterattack that would inflict blows on Russia.

Moscow in turn would "start shelling our cities again" and through an information campaign, portray itself as the reasonable party in which, "the aggressor is no longer Russia, but Ukraine—because it is Ukraine that does not want to sit at the negotiating table."

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Multiple Videos of an explosion at a Russian military airfield have begun circulating on social media. The above stock image shows an unrelated explosion. Getty