Ukraine has not formally claimed it as an attack, with its defense ministry saying on Tuesday it couldn’t “determine the cause of the explosion,” The Times reported.
The Washington Post, however, was informed by an unnamed official that Ukrainian special forces were to blame.
An unidentified official responded when asked by Politico if the explosions might be viewed as a component of a Ukrainian counteroffensive in Crimea: “You can say this is it.”
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of Ukraine, stated on Wednesday that he hoped to eventually recapture Crimea, the first area of Ukrainian territory taken by Russia, eight years before the large-scale invasion in 2022.
According to the BBC, Zelenskyy declared: “Crimea is Ukrainian and we will never give it up,” without mentioning the Saki airbase.
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Also, the BBC stated that “we will not forget that the Russian war against Ukraine began with the occupation of Crimea.”
“This Russian war … began with Crimea and must end with Crimea — with its liberation,” he added.
Russia still claims it was an accident
Russia, meanwhile, has not blamed Ukraine for the explosions, blaming simply an “explosion” in which “several aviation munitions detonated.”
According to the Institute for the Study of War in Washington, DC, this is most likely because Russia is unwilling to acknowledge that its defenses were so seriously flawed that Ukraine was able to carry out such an offensive.