Explosion rocks Russian ammunition depot 130km from the front line

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On May 13, Sorokine, a town in the Luhansk region—near Russia’s border and approximately 130 kilometers from the frontline—witnessed a significant explosion at a Russian ammunition depot. This incident was reported by Governor Artem Lisokhor and featured in the Kyiv Independent

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Videos shared on Russian Telegram channels showcased towering plumes of smoke billowing over Sorokine after the blasts. Following this unsettling incident, the Moscow-appointed regional head, Leonid Pasechnik, accused Ukraine of launching a missile strike on the city’s industrial area. Pasechnik’s claims of three fatalities and four injuries have not been confirmed by the Kyiv Independent. 

Lisokhor stated that the Russian military is confronted with the formidable task of replenishing its crucial but depleted stocks of ammunition. Furthermore, he suggested a potential deceleration of Russia’s aggressive campaigns due to an impending shortage of ammunition in the region.

Earlier today

Recently, BulgarianMilitary.com relayed a press release from the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. The release stated that their air defense system successfully intercepted a Ukrainian Su-27 Flanker fighter jet.  

In a similar vein, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense reported that their troops had effectively shot down a Russian Ka-52 attack helicopter. However, neither ministry has issued official confirmation of these losses.

On an interesting note, there have been grave reports of raging fires at oil depots in the regions of Luhansk and the city of Rovenki. Russian allied forces claim these sites have seen Ukrainian artillery attacks. As it stands, no official comments on these incidents have been released by Kyiv.

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2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On February 21, 2022, Russia stated that its border facility was attacked by Ukrainian forces, resulting in the deaths of five Ukrainian fighters. However, Ukraine quickly dismissed these allegations, labeling them as ‘false flags’.

In a notable move on the same day, Russia announced it officially recognized the self-proclaimed areas of DPR and LPR. Interestingly, according to Russian President Putin, this recognition covered all the Ukrainian regions. Following this declaration, Putin sent a battalion of Russia’s military forces, tanks included, into these areas.

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Fast forward to February 24, 2022, global headlines were dominated by a significant incident. Putin commanded a forceful military assault on Ukraine. Led by Russia’s impressive Armed Forces positioned at the Ukrainian border, this assault wasn’t spontaneous but a premeditated action. Despite the circumstances resembling a war, the Russian government refrains from using this term. They’d rather refer to it as a “special military operation”.

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