A major Russian airbase was rocked by massive explosions overnight after a suspected Ukrainian drone strike.
Thick back smoke was seen billowing from the military airfield in the port town of Yeysk – which is a base for Vladimir Putin’s Su-34 jets and located just over the Ukraine border.
Russian officials have denied any attack took place – but locals reported two loud explosions.
Russian war Rybar channel said: “There was an explosion at the airfield.
“According to preliminary data, a Tu-141 Swift UAV was struck down.
“There was a strike on the territory of the base but none of the aircraft were hit.
“However, this attack is unlikely to be the only one. With a high degree of probability, attempts will continue.”
Local official Roman Bublik claimed the series of explosions were “military drills”.
It comes as Russia continues to be fearful of Ukrainian strikes and sabotage on their soil potentially using drones.
There has been a spate of unexplained fires – sometimes triggered by explosions – in Russian territory and invaded areas.
Recent infernos have hit strategic oil and gas facilities including storage depots along with military facilities and air bases.
On Tuesday, the airspace over St. Petersburg was shut down over reports of a UFO and millions were told to rush to nuke shelters in a new TV hack.
Fighter jets were put up over the city which has not so far faced attack in the war, and is 550 miles from the nearest point of Ukraine.
The UFO – which is suspected to have been a drone – was heading towards the Gulf of Finland.
Russian officials did not confirm the report of the UFO but confirmed the airport was shut down.
On Monday, a Russian spy plane was destroyed in a suspected drone attack in Belarus.