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 city of Berdiansk.
It came as explosions were also heard in the Russian regions of Krasnodar and Rostov.
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”.
Berdiansk – a key Azov Sea port and resort occupied by Russia – was hit by a giant explosion.
It was claimed a Russian store of S-300 air defence missiles was struck, but there was no immediate confirmation.
It was also suggested – not yet confirmed – that British supplied long range Storm Shadow missiles were deployed in this attack.
Residents in Berdiansk reported several powerful explosions.
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 04:17 am 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.
“The cause of the incident is being established. I call upon residents to stay calm.”
In Rostov region, air defences claimed to have downed a Ukrainian missile.
Reports indicated an attack on a Russian military airfield in Morozovsk
Rostov Region has annexed Ukrainian regions Donetsk and Lugansk.
Attacks were also reported on Tokmak and Vasylivka, both in Putin-occupied Zaporizhzhia region.
War blogger Anatoly Shariy, who has one million-plus followers, said “the impression is that infrastructure and headquarters are being cut down. As if before something [bigger].”
Kyiv did not immediately claim responsibility.