Sevastopol port in Crimea on fire after missile strike

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Kim Jong-un and Putin meet for talks at cosmodrome

President Vladimir Putin and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un arrived at the Vostochny Cosmodrome on Wednesday for rare talks that could lead to a weapons deal.

“I am glad to see you,” Putin said as he shook Kim’s hand for around 40 seconds. “This is our new cosmodrome.”

Via a translator, Kim thanked Putin for the invitation and for the warmth of his reception.

Video shows port explosion

Social media users reported hearing “claps” like “thunder” before explosions were recorded in Crimea about 2am local time.

Videos showed flames and plumes of smoke above the Sevmorzavod shipyard: 

Sevastopol Shipyard on fire

Mikhail Razvozhayev, the Moscow-installed governor of occupied Sevastopol, says 24 people were wounded when a Ukrainian missile hit the shipyard of the naval city early Wednesday. 

“All emergency services are working on the site, there is no danger to civilian objects in the city,” Razvozhayev said on the Telegram messaging app.

The strategic Sevastopol Shipyard on the Crimean Peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, builds and repairs ships and submarines of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, which has launched drone and missile attacks on Ukraine.

Russian state news agency RIA Novosti reported that the Crimean Bridge was temporarily shut down.

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The Telegraph team is bringing you the latest news on the war in Ukraine. 

Follow our live coverage as we research and confirm reports including the latest detail on another attack on Moscow’s forces in Crimea. We are also keeping a close watch on the expected meeting between Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un. 

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