Ukraine Launches Strike on Russia HQ 09/22 06:30
Ukraine carried out a fiery missile strike Friday on the main headquarters
of Russia's Black Sea Fleet, a Russian official said. Videos and photos showed
large plumes of smoke over the building in Sevastopol in annexed Crimea.
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukraine carried out a fiery missile strike Friday on
the main headquarters of Russia's Black Sea Fleet, a Russian official said.
Videos and photos showed large plumes of smoke over the building in Sevastopol
in annexed Crimea.
The Russian-installed governor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhayev, said
there was no information about casualties. He said firefighters were battling a
blaze, and more emergency forces were being brought in, an indication that the
fire could be massive.
A stream of ambulances were arriving at the fleet's headquarters and
shrapnel was scattered hundreds of meters (yards) around, the Tass news agency
Razvozhayev initially warned Sevastopol residents that another attack was
possible and urged them not to leave buildings or go to the city center. He
later said there was no longer any air strike danger but reiterated calls not
to go to the central part of the city, saying roads were closed and and
unspecified "special efforts" were underway.
Ukrainian officials, who have claimed responsibility for a series of other
recent attacks on Crimea, didn't immediately announce Kyiv launched the strike.
Sevastopol residents said they heard explosions in the skies and saw smoke,
Russian news outlets reported. Images circulated in Ukrainian Telegram channels
showed clouds of smoke over the seafront. The Associated Press could not
immediately verify the videos.
The attack comes a day after Russian missiles and artillery pounded cities
across Ukraine, killing at least five people as President Volodymyr Zelenskyy
met with President Joe Biden and congressional leaders in Washington with an
additional $24 billion aid package being considered.
The port city of Sevastopol serves as the main base for Russia's Black Sea
Last week, the Russian-installed authorities there accused Ukraine of
attacking a strategic shipyard in the city, damaging two ships undergoing
repairs and causing a fire at the facility.
The Crimean Peninsula, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014 in an act
that most of the world considered illegal, has been a frequent target since
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a full-scale invasion of Ukraine more
than 18 months ago. The attack on the shipyard was the biggest in weeks.
In other developments, ongoing shelling in the southern Kherson region
killed one man and injured another, said regional Gov. Oleksandr Prokudin.
"Kherson has been restless since the morning," he said on Telegram.
Russian shelling sparked fires in a residential building and a garage.
In Kharkiv, regional Gov. Oleh Synyehubov said over 14 settlements came
under attack. A house was damaged and a fire broke out in Vovchansk, in
Chuguyiv district. There were no casualties, the governor said.