Vid shows destroyed £19m Russian fighter jet after ‘Ukraine strike’ on Crimea – as SECOND blast sparks oil depot blaze


THE charred wreck of a £19million Russian warplane lies in a sea of debris after the first suspected Ukrainian attack on Crimea – as a second apparent strike today sparked a massive depot blaze.

The smouldering Su-24 ground attack jet is pictured in the aftermath of up to 15 explosions at Saki air base near Novofedorivka yesterday.

Tuesday afternoon’s blasts on Crimea sent sunbathers running from nearby beaches as a giant mushroom cloud rose into the sky.

And this morning another column of smoke erupted from an explosion and fire at a seaside resort in mainland Russia, 125 miles away.

Images show an industrial site ablaze in Yeysk, a popular holiday destination on the Sea of Azov near the border with Ukraine.

Russia said an electronics warehouse had caught fire and denied claims in Ukrainian media that “saboteurs” had attacked an oil depot.

Russia also denied there had been an attack on the Saki airfield in occupied Crimea yesterday.

It claimed munitions exploded as a result of fire safety breaches, and insisted no aircraft were damaged.

But images emerged overnight appearing to show at least one of Putin’s jets destroyed on the tarmac.

Scores of smashed and burnt-out cars were also reportedly filmed at the base, including one apparently skewered by a huge metal object following the blasts.

The explosions – which killed at least one person – sparked speculation Ukraine had attacked the base with long-range missiles.

If confirmed, it would be the first major strike on a Russian facility in Crimea since Putin annexed the peninsula in 2014.

Last night one Kyiv military official told the New York Times the nation’s armed forces had launched the attack.

He said they used Ukrainian-made missiles, not ones supplied by the West.

President Volodymyr Zelensky stoked the speculation by vowing: “Crimea is Ukrainian, and we will never give it up.”

He added: “This is just the beginning.

“Russia has turned our peninsula – which has always been and always will be one of the best places in Europe – into one of the most dangerous places.”

He did not confirm Ukraine was behind the attack, but hinted it could be the work of “partisans” – a reference to resistance fighters who took on Nazi occupiers in World War Two.

Sources have suggested a team of of saboteurs targeted the seaside base, which is used to launch attacks in southern Ukraine’s war zone.

A smaller explosion last month at the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol was blamed on Ukrainian saboteurs using a makeshift drone.

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