As the Russian invasion of Ukraine began to settle into the ever-worrisome doldrums of war, it became rather apparent that Ukraine seemed to have the upper hand.
Not only were the Ukrainians showing far more courage and ability than the largely unprepared Russian forces, but the world had their back, sending all sorts of powerful, high-tech weaponry to the front lines for use against the Kremlin’s army.
Now, as Ukraine settles in for the long haul, they’re making good on a recent bombastic promise: To drive Russia out of Ukrainian territories that they’ve held since long before this latest invasion.
Powerful explosions rocked a Russian air base in Crimea and sent towering clouds of smoke over the landscape Tuesday in what may mark an escalation of the war in Ukraine. At least one person was killed and several others were wounded, authorities said.
Russia’s Defense Ministry denied the Saki base on the Black Sea had been shelled and said instead that munitions had blown up there. But Ukrainian social networks were abuzz with speculation that it was hit by Ukrainian-fired long-range missiles.
The attack was dramatic.
Videos posted on social networks showed sunbathers on nearby beaches fleeing as huge flames and pillars of smoke rose over the horizon from multiple points, accompanied by loud booms. Crimea Today News said on Telegram that witnesses reported fire on a runway and damage to nearby homes as a result of what it said were dozens of blasts.
Russia’s mounting trouble in Ukraine has led to a number of desperate maneuvers from the Kremlin, including tens of thousands of war crimes and acts of terror. These unconscionable actions have backfired on Moscow, however, providing a galvanization of the Ukrainian people’s resistance.