A number of loud explosions have been reported throughout Russian-held territory late Thursday night. Whereas none might be instantly confirmed as a Ukrainian assault, the blasts got here after every week wherein Kyiv has more and more aimed strikes deep behind Russian strains. Posts on social media captured booming sounds in two components of occupied Crimea — close to a Russian air base exterior Sevastopol and across the Kerch Strait near mainland Russia. The Kremlin-backed leaders on the peninsula stated the explosions got here from Crimea’s air-defense methods. Sevastopol’s governor said a drone was shot down close to the bottom.