"In the area of Sukharnaya Balka, our fleet repels an attack on air targets. All services have been put on alert. There is smoke in the Sugarloaf area, rescuers have already left for the scene. Information about damage to infrastructure is being clarified," he said.

The head of the city asked everyone to remain calm and trust only official information.

Earlier, an air raid alert was announced in Sevastopol.

At the same time, the Military Chronicle reported that there were four NATO reconnaissance aircraft 150 km from Crimea: a high-altitude unmanned RQ-4 Global Hawk, a Bombardier Challenger 650 Artemis electronic reconnaissance aircraft, as well as two P-8A Poseidon anti-submarine aircraft of the US Navy.