The headquarters of VLADIMIR Putin’s Black Sea Fleet was hit today by a fiery Ukrainian Storm Shadow missile.
Footage shows black smoke billowing from a burning and partially collapsed building in the Russian-controlled Crimean city of Sevastopol following Kiev’s latest attack on the peninsula.
Huge explosions were heard throughout the Russian-controlled cityCredit: East2West
Naval Headquarters seen burning fiercely after rocket attackCredit: East2West
A view of the now partially collapsed headquarters Credit: East2West
The Russian-appointed governor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhaev, confirmed today’s devastating attack, which is believed to have been caused by a British or French-supplied Storm Shadow missile.
“The enemies have launched a missile attack on the fleet headquarters,” he said, adding a warning to the city’s 500,000 residents that “another attack is possible.”
At least one soldier was reported missing after the attack, Russia’s defense ministry said, following an earlier report that one soldier had been killed.
Six were said to be injured.
The ministry also claimed that five missiles were shot down, while admitting that one reached its target.
It was reported that 25 ambulances rushed to the symbolic headquarters in the war port to battle the flames, while debris from the missile attack was scattered hundreds of meters.
The strike marks one of the most significant Ukrainian attacks of the entire war since last year’s infamous sinking of the flagship of the fleet, the cruiser Moskva.
It comes just a day after Russian missiles and artillery targeted towns across Ukraine, killing at least five people.
Roads were closed in central Sevastopol as the governor warned residents to “please remain calm”.
He added: “Please do not travel into the city centre. Do not leave the buildings.
“At the sound of the siren, everyone in the vicinity of fleet headquarters should proceed to shelters.
“Employees of the Russian Ministry of Emergencies are working on site… Firefighters are taking all measures to extinguish the fire as soon as possible.”
Prominent Russian pro-war blogger Vladimir Rogov said: “Ukrainian missiles hit the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol.”
He said the attack was carried out by “British Storm Shadow missiles” – although this was not immediately confirmed.
The commander of Ukraine’s air force, Mykola Oleshchuk, has now claimed responsibility for the missile attack, writing on Telegram: “We promised ‘there will be more…’
“So, while the occupiers are recovering in Melitopol, and the air raid signals are still being sounded in Sevastopol, I thank the pilots of the Air Force once again.”
This is the third attack on the navy headquarters after it first suffered a direct hit in July 2022, injuring six and canceling planned Navy Day celebrations.
Less than a month later, a kamikaze drone attack damaged the venerable building as Russian air defenses failed to bring it down.
In recent months, Ukraine has stepped up its attacks on Russia’s Black Sea fleet, using Storm Shadow and Neptune missiles to target Crimea, as well as kamikaze drones.
Putin’s prized fleet is responsible for multiple missile attacks on Ukraine and is key to Putin’s dominance of about one-fifth of Ukraine’s territory.
Other explosions reportedly hit elsewhere in Crimea, including around the peninsula’s capital Simferopol.
There were also reports of attacks on airfields used by the Russian military.
Crimea’s governor, Sergei Aksyonov, who was appointed by Putin, claimed that Russian air defenses had shot down other cruise missiles over the territory.
The attack came as Putin was holding a meeting of his security council on relations with neighboring countries.
Just last week, a barrage of Storm Shadow missiles bypassed Russian air defense systems and blew up the naval docks in Sevastopol.
Ukraine has fired at least ten cruise missiles along with drones in a massive attack on Russia’s powerful Black Sea fleet.
They punched huge holes in the hull of a Russian submarine – the first strike on a Kremlin submarine since the end of World War II.
Close-up pictures show two gaping sumps on top and sides rendering the submarine unusable.
The strike also destroyed a Ropucha-class amphibious assault ship designed to drop tanks and armored vehicles onto the beaches.
Earlier this week, a Ukrainian kamikaze drone struck an oil storage facility near the Black Sea in the Russian resort of Sochi.
Shocking footage shows huge flames and thick black smoke billowing into the air from a huge fuel tank just 17 miles from one of Putin’s palaces.
Meanwhile on Wednesday, a daring Ukrainian black ops strike hit two planes and a helicopter at a high-security airfield just 20 miles from the Kremlin.
The saboteurs are suspected of the brazen attack on the Chkalovsky Air Base, where Putin keeps the Il-80 Doomsday aircraft in case of nuclear war.
Thick smoke rises above the symbolic headquartersCredit: East2West
A close-up view of the Black Sea HQ in flamesCredit: East2West
Residents of the city have been warned of a possible second attackCredit: Twitter