A series of explosions happened in and around the Russian-occupied southern cities of Berdiansk and Mariupol on Sunday, according to Ukrainian officials.
The Ukrainian-backed Berdiansk municipal military administration said Sunday there had been at least “5 strikes by the Ukrainian Armed Forces on Russian positions in the Berdiansk community.”
Also on Sunday, several explosions happened around the Russian-occupied city of Mariupol, according to Petro Andriushchenko, an adviser to the city's Ukrainian mayor.
One of the blasts happened in Nikolske, a settlement just northwest of the city, in the area “where the occupiers were stationed,” he said. Andriushchenko said there were casualties, without mentioning how many.
He also claimed there were casualties after a hit on the village of Yurivka, near Mariupol.
Andriushchenko did not specify the cause the explosions.
“At least six times air defense systems were activated in the Mangush-Nikolske-Mariupol triangle,” Andriushchenko posted on his Telegram channel Sunday.
What the Russians say: Russian state news agency TASS reported on Sunday that “the air defense system worked in the evening in the sky over Mariupol, where the Ukrainian missile was shot down, as well as over Volnovakha,” citing authorities from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR).
DPR officials posted on Telegram that a “strike from the Armed Forces of Ukraine was recorded on Sunday in Yurivka village direction.”
“Two Storm Shadow missiles were fired,” the DPR officials added.
The Russian side did not report any casualties.