Ukraine attack on Crimean port hits Russian warship

STORY: Ukraine struck a large Russian warship in Crimea with cruise missiles in an overnight attack that killed at least one person.

Ukrainian Air Force Spokesperson Yuriy Ihnat did not specify on Tuesday what kind of cruise missile was used, but both Britain and France have supplied Kyiv with such weapons.

Russia's defense ministry, cited by the Interfax news agency, said this large landing ship, the Novocherkassk, had been damaged.

The strike could hinder Russian attempts to seize more Ukrainian territory along the Black Sea coast.

Buildings in the Crimean port city of Feodosia were damaged, probably by the blast wave from a large explosion.

Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 in a move Kyiv and the West condemned as an illegal seizure.

Russia has hinted it may try to seize more Ukrainian territory along the Black Sea coast.

President Vladimir Putin earlier this month said that Odesa, the headquarters of Ukraine's own navy, was "a Russian city."

Sergei Aksyonov, the Russian-installed governor of Crimea, said on Telegram that one person had been killed. The RIA news agency said four people had been injured.

A Ukrainian counteroffensive has made little in the way of battlefield gains and the Russian military has regained the initiative in several places.

But Ukraine has been able to inflict serious damage in attacks on Crimea, the headquarters of Russia's Black Sea Fleet.

Previous attacks have targeted ships in dry docks, warships moored in the port of Sevastopol, airfields, the main Black Sea Fleet HQ building, and the bridge which connects southern Russia to Crimea.

Throughout the war, Russia has used its fleet to impede Ukraine's access to the Black Sea, the main export route for the agriculture and steel exports that formed a significant chunk of the country's economy.