Ukraine says the southern city of Mykolaiv suffered “massive” Russian bombardment overnight.
Mykolaiv is on the main route to Odesa, Ukraine’s main port, and has been hit repeatedly.
One of Ukraine’s richest men, Oleksiy Vadatursky, and his wife Raisa were killed, the governor said. Mr Vadatursky, 74, owned Nibulon, a major agricultural firm.
The mayor of the city called the shelling “probably the strongest of all time”.
A hotel, a sports complex, two schools and a service station, as well as homes were damaged.
Meanwhile, Russia has cancelled Navy Day celebrations in occupied Crimea.
The reason given by Sevastopol Governor Mikhail Razvozhayev is an alleged Ukrainian drone strike on the Black Sea Fleet headquarters.
“The liberation of our Crimea will take place differently and much more efficiently,” he said. Russian forces annexed Crimea in 2014. That was internationally condemned as illegal and triggered sanctions against Russia.
The Sevastopol governor said “an unidentified object flew into the courtyard of the [Black Sea] Fleet headquarters” and “according to preliminary data, it was a drone”.
Blaming “Ukronazis”, he said six people, who are Fleet HQ staff, were wounded, and none were killed.
But a senior Ukrainian official, Serhiy Bratchuk, dismissed the Russian report as a “provocation”. —BBC