An alert for a Ukrainian airstrike sounded in the early hours of the morning in the strategic port of Sevastopol – which is the main base of the Russian Navy’s Black Sea fleet – on the Crimean peninsula, which was annexed by Russia in 2014.

Traffic on the bridge over the Kerch Strait has been suspended, as has commercial vessel traffic, officials stationed in Russia announced in the early hours of today.

At the same time, Kiev denounces the biggest Russian attack since the beginning of the year.

Ukraine announced today that Russia had bombed more than 100 locations in the past 24 hours, the largest number in a single attack since the start of the year.

“During the last 24 hours, the enemy bombed 118 locations in ten districts“, Ukrainian Interior Minister Igor Klimenko said in a message he posted on social media. “This is the largest number of towns and villages that have been attacked since the beginning of the year.”

The overnight shelling killed one person in the Kharkiv region (northeastern Ukraine) and another in the Kherson region (southern Ukraine), local officials announced.

Moreover, a Russian attack on an oil refinery in Kremenchuk (central Ukraine), which caused no casualties, required the intervention of more than 100 firefighters to put out the fire that followed, according to Klimenko.

The Ukrainian Air Force announced today that it shot down 18 of the 20 drones launched by Russia overnight.

After launching their offensive in February 2022, Russian forces dropped millions of artillery shells on Ukrainian towns and villages near the front lines, reducing some of them to rubble in eastern Ukraine.