RUSSIA has lost vital military equipment after a warehouse for battle-damaged repairs mysteriously burst into flames.
Footage released on Telegram, an instant messaging service popular in Ukraine and Russia, has shown a Russian warehouse located 50 km away from the Ukrainian border engulfed in flames. Huge plumes of black smoke are seen billowing from the site in Klintsy, Bryansk Oblast, Russia in mysterious circumstances. The Russian military warehouse is believed to house scores of vital equipment for the conflict in Ukraine.
The footage depicts two major fires at the warehouse, both parallel to each other.
The smoke is first seen rising above a canopy of trees, before a closer shot shows the warehouse ablaze on two fronts.
The site appears abandoned as Russia’s battle-damaged repairs succumb to the scalding fires.
As Russia continues its ferocious battle in the eastern regions of Ukraine, equipment shortages could have a devastating effect on their offensive operations.
Elsewhere, a huge cloud of smoke could be seen rising into the air today in the southeastern Ukrainian city of Avdiivka after an explosion.
The city houses a chemical plant, the Russian news agency RIA quoted one of its reporters as saying.
Avdiivka has become yet another Ukrainian city set ablaze after Russian attacks.
A Ukrainian social media site reporting on the war also posted a video of a large cloud of smoke rising from what it said was the city.