Explosions were reported at a Russian ammunition depot at Sjedove, a village under occupation since 2014, with a local official reporting that at least a third of the depot was destroyed on the night of Nov. 5.
According to Petro Andriushchenko, advisor to the mayor of Mariupol, the entire village has been converted by Russian troops into a depot with various military vehicles in storage.
In another video circulating on social media, bright flashes could be seen on the horizon, with a man commenting that it was the first time he had witnessed something of such magnitude.
The cause of the explosion remained unclear, and it is not known if the Ukrainian armed forces conducted the strike.
Sjedove lies on the coast of the Azov Sea just 55 kilometers east of Mariupol, and only 18 kilometers away from the Russian border. It is located more than 100 kilometers from the front line.
The city of Mariupol was captured by Russian troops in May 2022 after a lengthy battle with Ukrainian forces fortified at Azovstal, a local steel factory. Much of the city was destroyed by heavy fighting.
However, Ukrainian partisans remain active in the city to carry out sabotage against Russian targets.
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