A cigarette just destroyed a Russian military base and nine warplanes in occupied Crimea. Well, that’s one of the explanations put forward for the series of explosions at the Saky airfield on the southwestern coast of the peninsula.

The cigarette option came from Ukraine’s Emergency Situations Ministry which suggested that Russian military personnel serving at Crimean air bases “should be more careful where they throw cigarette butts.”  It’s possible, but also highly implausible and it can be safely assumed the Ministry’s explanation was made “cigarette in cheek” in response to a Russian statement that the incident was due to “poor fire safety”.