According to media reports, there was a second explosion on the Crimean peninsula on Tuesday. As the Russian newspaper “Kommersant” reports, black smoke is said to have been sighted over the military base in Hwardijske near Simferopol in the center of the peninsula. Local residents reported several explosions. The Russian authorities in annexed Crimea have not yet commented on the report.

According to the government in Moscow, a fire had previously broken out in Crimea and ammunition then exploded.

The fire broke out around 5:15 a.m. (CEST) in a temporary ammunition depot at the base in the Dzhankoy district in the north of the peninsula annexed by Russia, according to a statement by the Ministry of Defense in Moscow published by the Russian news agencies. “As a result of the fire, there was an explosion of ammunition”

According to Crimean governor Sergei Aksyonov, two civilians were injured. A nearby village is being evacuated, Aksjonov explained in the online service Telegram.

According to the governor who was at the scene, the detonations continued for three hours after the fire started.