Ukraine Strikes Russian Black Sea Fleet Headquarters

Ukraine launched a missile strike on the main headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol, resulting in significant smoke plumes, according to Russian officials and visual evidence.

Mikhail Razvozhayev, the governor appointed by Russia in Sevastopol, reported that there is currently no information regarding casualties. He added that firefighting efforts were underway to combat a potentially significant blaze, with additional emergency personnel being deployed as a precaution.

Tass news agency reported that a continuous flow of ambulances was arriving at the fleet’s headquarters, and shrapnel had been scattered across hundreds of meters in the vicinity.

Razvozhayev initially cautioned Sevastopol residents about the possibility of another attack and advised them to remain indoors and avoid heading to the city center. Later, he reassured that the risk of an airstrike had passed but continued to advise against going to the central part of the city, citing road closures and unspecified “special efforts” in progress.

Ukrainian officials, who have acknowledged their involvement in several recent attacks on Crimea, did not immediately confirm that Kyiv was behind this particular strike.

Sevastopol residents reported hearing explosions in the sky and witnessing smoke, as per Russian news outlets. Images shared on Ukrainian Telegram channels depicted smoke clouds over the seafront.

The missile strike occurred following a day of Russian missile and artillery bombardment on various Ukrainian cities, resulting in the deaths of at least five individuals.

This happened as President Volodymyr Zelenskyy held discussions with President Joe Biden and congressional leaders in Washington, where they were considering an extra $24 billion aid package.

In the previous week, the authorities installed by Russia in the region alleged that Ukraine had launched an attack on a vital shipyard in the city. This attack resulted in damage to two ships and ignited a fire at the facility.

The Crimean Peninsula, which Russia seized from Ukraine in 2014 in an action widely deemed illegal by the international community, has been subjected to recurrent attacks since Russian President Vladimir Putin initiated a large-scale invasion of Ukraine over 18 months ago. The assault on the shipyard marked one of the most significant incidents in recent weeks.

In Kharkiv, Governor Oleh Synyehubov reported that more than 14 settlements were targeted in attacks.