The Russian ammunition dump in Tomorovka, Russia, was wracked by explosions on Sunday morning. Tomorovka is just west of Belgorod and barely 40 miles north of the Ukrainian strongpoint city of Kharkiv. This ammunition dump would be critical to sustaining the Russian offensive in Donbas. There is no claim of responsibility, so it might be another of those mysterious fires plaguing Russian strategic installations and those installations supporting the Donbas operation. Video of the explosion and aftermath are posted below.
There have been a series of explosions and fires at military logistics and storage points inside #Russia that are used to support the #war in #Ukraine. #Tomarovka is only 27 km from the 🇺🇦 🇷🇺 border. No word yet on exactly what was destroyed in these explosions. pic.twitter.com/k4Gyr7UcQq
— OSINT Aggregator (@AggregateOsint) May 1, 2022
🧵 #RUSSIA: Explosions in #Belgorod, followed by smoke in the distance and Russian military helicopters. Near village of Tamarovka. pic.twitter.com/hqfsuSKtOb
— Igor Sushko (@igorsushko) May 1, 2022
For more stories on the unfortunate accidents in Russia, read Ukraine Attacks Fuel Depot Miles Inside of Russia—or Did It?, BREAKING. Mysterious Fire Rips Through Secret Russian Bureau Responsible for Designing Missiles, Bad Luck Strikes Russia as Three Major Fires in Two Days Damage Defense and Private Industry, and Unexplained Fires Engulf Russian Tank Farms; Oil Pipeline to Germany May Be at Risk.
Saturday, the headquarters of the Russian Second Army, seeking to break out of their salient at Izium, was devasted by a Ukrainian rocket barrage. The video of that event is available below.
Ukrainian forces destroyed "more than 30 pieces of Russian equipment" in Izyum area, Kharkiv Oblast – 🇺🇦National Guard
NG says it revealed a 🇷🇺command point with a lot of equipment, passed the coordinates to the Army, whose artillery finished the job. https://t.co/U9qyIGXtCS pic.twitter.com/RfwIm0431k
— Euromaidan Press (@EuromaidanPress) April 30, 2022
The headquarters was located by using Electronics Intelligence (ELINT), and, ironically, among those reported dead was Major General Andrei Simonov. He commanded electronic warfare troops for the Donbas offensive.
IZIUM TACMAP 0030 UTC01 MAY. Intel reports that RU units on the Izium salient are being reenforced. UKR SIGINT identified a Russian headquarters element near Izium; a subsequent strike killed MGEN Andrei Simonov, the 10th RU flag or general officer to die in combat in Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/fgAja2DuoN
— Chuck Pfarrer (@ChuckPfarrer) May 1, 2022
With the volume and accuracy of the rocket barrage, it is safe to assume that many lower-ranking but more critical staff officers and technicians were killed and valuable equipment, documents, and records destroyed.
There is an interesting twist to the command post story. Friday, I posted Russian Army in Ukraine Undergoing Major Command Shake-Up, Sources Say. The essence of that story was that Putin, allegedly, is pulling away from domestic policy to devote 100% of his magnificent brain to the war he provoked. Also, the head of the Russian General Staff, Valery Gerasimov, had been ordered to take over direct command of the war in Ukraine.
Multiple reports from multiple sources report that Gerasimov was at that headquarters when it came under attack. He was wounded and needed a new pair of trousers before he could be spirited away to Moscow.
According to unconfirmed reports Chief of Staff of #Russia's Army Valery Gerasimov was wounded during #Ukraine's strike on command post of 2nd Guards Combined Arms Army near #Izyum.
Gerasimov was wounded in the leg and evacuated.
Major General Simonov was killed in same strike. pic.twitter.com/fjGTK7tZk9
— UAWire (@uawire) May 1, 2022
— Rob Lee (@RALee85) May 1, 2022
The destruction of the command post will throw any top-down organization like the Russian Army into confusion and lethargy. If Gerasimov was there, you could bet the Second Army commander was at his elbow and was also hors de combat. Anything the Russian Army wanted to accomplish over the next three-to-five days will probably not happen until a new commander, and new staff can be ordered to the scene and brought up to date.
If Gerasimov was wounded, then it presents Putin with a very interesting public relations problem. A general getting blown up in his command post because of craptacular signals and electronics discipline is hard to make into a hero.