A massive explosion reportedly ripped through a Russian missile store as the Ukrainians struck allegedly using British-made Storm Shadows.
Pictures show the enormous fireball erupting after the reported strike on an arsenal of Russian S-300 air defence missiles in the occupied port of Berdiansk in southern Ukraine.
It came as explosions were also heard across the border in the Russian regions of Krasnodar and Rostov.
Russia is facing more and more strikes in their own territory as Ukraine pushes back.
Kyiv did not claim immediate responsibility for the three apparent attacks.
Ukraine is alleged to have used British-made Storm Shadows in the strikes – weapons which were described as a “game changer”.
Strikes were also reported on Tokmak and Vasylivka, both in Putin-occupied Zaporizhzhia region.
Berdiansk – a key Azov Sea port and resort occupied by Russia – was hit by a giant explosion.
Residents reported several powerful blasts from what is reported to have been a weapons store.
A pro-Russian official in the occupied Zapirizhzhia region said: “Berdiansk under the Kyiv regime’s fire.
“Explosions were heard on the outskirts of Berdiansk. First responders are working at the scene.
“The circumstances are being established,” a spokesperson said.
It was unclear if the surge of overnight attacks — seen on dramatic videos — represented the start of a counteroffensive or a change in strategy by Ukraine.
In Krasnodar the local crisis centre denied any casualties.
“At 04:17am Moscow time, an explosion was heard near a building on Morskaya Street….first responders were sent to the area.
“According to preliminary information, no one was injured.
“The building’s roof and windows were damaged, but no fire followed.”
City Mayor Yevgeny Naumov said “an office building and an apartment block” sustained damage.
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