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Video shows missile attack on Russia's naval headquarters
01:53 - Source: CNN
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Ukraine launched a missile attack on the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet on Friday, the latest and perhaps one of the most ambitious of Kyiv’s recent strikes on Russian military targets in Crimea.

“The enemy launched a missile attack on the headquarters of the fleet,” Sevastopol’s Russian-appointed governor Mikhail Razvozhayev said on Telegram.

Over the past month, Ukraine has stepped up attacks on Russian military bases and other installations, including air defenses, in Crimea.

Sevastopol, home to Russia’s Black Sea Fleet headquarters, is one of the largest cities on the Crimean peninsula and was illegally annexed by Moscow’s forces in 2014.

Russian’s Ministry of Defense (MOD) said a Russian soldier was missing after the missile attack. The ministry had previously put out a statement that the soldier was killed as a result of the attack. They clarified in an updated statement that the soldier is missing, not killed.

“This afternoon the Kyiv regime launched a missile strike on the city of Sevastopol,” the MOD posted on Telegram.

“While repelling a missile attack, five missiles were shot down by air defense systems. As a result of the attack, the historical headquarters building of the Black Sea Fleet was damaged. According to available information, one soldier was killed,” the MOD stated.

Russian state media TASS reported that debris was “scattered for hundreds of meters” following the missile strike. TASS added that a large number of ambulances were on their way to the scene of the attack.

Razvozhayev also said a piece of shrapnel fell near the Lunacharsky Theater.

The Russian-appointed governor said operational services went to the scene of the attack and that information about any casualties is being clarified.

In an update later Friday, Razvozhayev said there was no more “missile and aviation danger” following the incident and said nobody was injured.

The attack shattered windows in 10 residential buildings in the city, according to Razvozhayev. He added that gas and electricity supplies have been switched off, with water supplies also reduced, due to fires in the area.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces’ Strategic Communications Department confirmed on Friday that the country “inflicted a successful hit” on the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol around noon local time.

A Ukrainian military spokesperson commented on the situation in the Black Sea, saying it remains “tense” and that Ukraine still has “a long way to go” to “destroy all the enemy’s capabilities” in Crimea.

Russia is “realizing that it is no longer safe for them in the Black Sea and in their bases,” said Natalia Humeniuk, a spokesperson for the Security and Defense Forces of the South of Ukraine. In a video address, Humeniuk also said that “explosion season” will continue.

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksii Danilov warned that the Russian Black Sea Fleet could be “sliced up like a salami” in potential future strikes on Russia’s military infrastructure.

Footage shows smoke billowing from the top of a building, alleged to be the Black Sea Fleet Headquarters, following the attack in Sevastopol.