The incident occurred in a warehouse near Sochi Airport Saturday morning and sent plumes of thick black smoke skyward. Photos on social media show a Utair plane taxiing down the runway, with a huge ball of orange flames in the background. A video purporting to show the aftermath of the explosion shows firefighters trying to put out the blaze.
There is currently no suggestion that the explosion is related to the ongoing war in Ukraine.
Announcing the news, social media user The Intel Crab wrote, “Meanwhile, in #Sochi…
“It looks like an explosion has occurred in a warehouse near the airport.
“It doesn’t seem to be related to Ukraine.
“Flights continue to arrive/leave on time.”
Sochi is located on the Black Sea and is a popular resort for Russians in both summer and winter.
It has towering mountains where the 2014 Winter Olympics were held.
At the end of these Games, Vladimir Putin ordered the annexation of Crimea.
The city also hosted F1 races before the Kremlin’s decision to invade Ukraine.
However, the site was removed from the racing calendar on March 1, with the FIA saying it would be “impossible to hold it under current circumstances”.
Explosions inside Russia have rocked the country over the past week.
On Thursday, an ammunition warehouse near the border town of Belgorod caught fire.
Meanwhile, the Defense Ministry says Russian forces have made no significant advances over the past week and Ukraine’s precise targeting of supply lines is creating major ‘stress’ for Moscow. .
The Saturday MoD Bulletin said: “The past week has seen only minimal changes in territorial control along the frontline.
“In Donbass, after small advances from early August, Russian forces approached the outskirts of the town of Bakhmut, but have not yet entered the settlement.
“In the southwest, neither Ukrainian nor Russian forces advanced on the Kherson front line.
“However, increasingly frequent explosions behind Russian lines are likely to strain Russian logistics and airbases in the south.”
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