Russia downs five Ukraine-launched drones over Sevastopol -Russia-installed official

(Reuters) – Russia’s air defence systems destroyed five Ukraine-launched drones early on Tuesday over the Crimean port of Sevastopol, the Russian-installed governor of the Black Sea port, Mikhail Razvozhayev, said.

Falling debris fell on the roof of a private house in the village of Andriivka, in Sevastopol’s suburbs, setting it briefly on fire, Razvozhayev said on the Telegram messaging app.

There was no information about potential casualties.

Shot, a Russian news outlet that often reports credible security information, said that at around 4:10 a.m. (0110 GMT) loud explosions were heard near the towns of Novofedorivka and Saky. Saky is home to a Russian air base.

Reuters could not independently verify the reports.

There was no immediate comment from Ukraine, but Kyiv has increased its attacks in recent months on Russian military infrastructure in Crimea, a peninsula which Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

(Reporting by Lidia Kelly in Melbourne; Editing by Tom Hogue and Christian Schmollinger)