Ukraine says a Crimean substation that was also affected by explosions at an ammunition depot in the village of Maiskoye had been used to divert power from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.
“You must understand that they stole from the Zaporizhzhia NPP in order to send electricity to Crimea through Dzhankoi (where Maiskoye is located),” Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a televised interview on Tuesday.
“I think and believe that this is karmic retribution. Everything that is stolen does not bring wealth," he added.
CNN could not independently verify Podolyak’s claim that power from the Zaporizhzhia plant was being diverted to Crimea via Dzhankoi.
Podolyak said that Moscow's explanations for the explosions at the ammunition depot in the Crimean village of Maiskoye, as well as the blasts at an air base in Crimea last Tuesday, suggested the Russian military was deploying “untrained” staff to some locations.
The series of explosions at Novofedorivka air base, on Crimea's west coast, destroyed at least eight Russian military aircraft, satellite imagery reviewed by CNN showed.
The blasts killed one person and injured 14, according to the Crimean health ministry.
The Russian Defense Ministry said the incident was caused by the accidental detonation of ammunition. Ukraine would not definitively confirm it was responsible for an attack on the air base.