The fleet’s command centre was hit by an enemy missile attack, according to governor Mikhail Razvozhayev.
Smoke was seen billowing above the headquarters in the significant naval port city in videos posted online.
People were forewarned by Razvozhayev not to enter or exit buildings or to go to the city core. “Everyone, pay attention! Another assault could happen, he said on Telegram.
“Firefighters are doing everything they can to extinguish the fire as soon as possible. The development of forces and assets continues,” it said.
Russian positions in Crimea, which Ukraine captured and annexed in 2014, have recently targeted with long-range British storm shadow missiles.
One soldier was killed in the missile attack on the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea navy fleet in occupied Crimea, Russia’s defence ministry said.
“While repelling a missile attack, five missiles were shot down by air defence systems. As a result of the attack, the historical headquarters building of the Black Sea Fleet was damaged. According to available information, one soldier was killed,” the statement released on Telegram said.