Ukraine’s military intelligence denies its head issued comment on fire in Crimea

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Ukraine’s GUR military intelligence on Tuesday denied that its head Kyrylo Budanov had issued a comment on the fire in Crimea.

Earlier on Tuesday, Budanov was cited as saying in a statement that Ukraine’s forces had carried out a successful operation in Crimea.

The reported statement came after authorities there said a fire at a military facility prompted mass civilian evacuations.

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Spokesman Andriy Yusov told broadcaster Suspilne that comments carried by several media outlets “that the explosion at the training ground in Crimea was the work of the armed forces and the GUR is a fake.”

Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 in a move not recognized by the international community.

Kyiv has repeatedly said it plans to take back the peninsula.

With AFP

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