A drone strike has hit Russia’s Black Sea Fleet headquarters in the Crimea, Kremlin officials have confirmed.
Social media footage showed a plume of smoke arising from a location in Sevastopol on Friday evening, which is where the fleet is based. The Governor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhayev later confirmed on his Telegram channel that a drone had targeted the building.
As reported by Russia’s news agency, Tass, he said, “I am at the Black Sea Fleet’s headquarters now. A drone hit the roof here 25 minutes ago. Unfortunately, it was not downed. There are no casualties.”
The Ukrainian government has not commented on the attack.
This latest incident comes after an attack on the Russian-operated Saky airfield, where it is thought that several Russian warplanes were damaged. Explosions were also reported at a munitions store in the Belgorod region of Russia with video appearing to show massive flames from the facility on Thursday.
Local authorities told thousands of residents in villages near the munitions depot to evacuate following last night’s blasts.
An eyewitness said, “For about 50 minutes now, explosions have been heard, a glow and smoke can be seen. The car is shaking, the fence is shaking. The explosions are frequent, they do not stop.”
Several explosions were also reported at a munitions depot near Dzhankoi, which is also a key military transport hub.
- A Reuters report