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Ukraine Latest: Zelenskiy Warns People Away From Russian Bases

Smoke rises over the site of an explosion at a Russian ammunition depot near the village of Mayskoye, Crimea, on Aug. 16.

Smoke rises over the site of an explosion at a Russian ammunition depot near the village of Mayskoye, Crimea, on Aug. 16.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urged citizens to keep away from military facilities in areas occupied by Kremlin forces, including in Crimea, following Tuesday’s explosions at a Russian ammunition depot on the Black Sea peninsula.

“The fewer opportunities the occupiers have to do evil and kill Ukrainians, the sooner we will be able to end this war and liberate our country,” Zelenskiy said in his evening address. The blasts near the town of Dzhankoy in northern Crimea -- a week after explosions at an airbase on the peninsula destroyed fighter jets -- mark the beginning of a series of attacks, according to a Zelenskiy adviser. Russia attributed them to an act of sabotage.