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Smoke rises after an explosion in the village of Mayskoye in Dzhankoi district, Crimea on Tuesday. (Stringer/Reuters)

Ukraine was behind three explosions that rocked Russian military installations in the annexed province of Crimea last week, including an explosion at a Russian airbase on the west coast of the peninsula that destroyed several planes, according to a Ukrainian government report released internally and shared with CNN. by a Ukrainian official.​

The official requested anonymity because he was not authorized to share the information with the media.

The report describes the Saki airbase, which was rocked by explosions last Tuesday, as a harsh but unique loss to Russian military infrastructure on the peninsula, with subsequent attacks as evidence of Ukraine’s systematic military capability to target Crimea.

The August 9 incident at Saki Air Base, which destroyed at least seven military aircraft, severely damaged the facility and killed at least one person.

Russia has claimed it was the result of an accident and Ukrainian officials have so far refused to publicly confirm they were responsible. The cause of the explosions remains unclear.

In a speech following the incident, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the war “began with Crimea and must end with Crimea – its liberation”.

Another series of explosions was reported in Crimea this week, on August 16, this time at an ammunition depot in Maiske and at an airfield in Gvardeyskoe.

Russian officials said the Maiske incident was the result of sabotage, but they did not specify the type of sabotage or who they believe was responsible.

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