The artillery barrage began at dawn – and fierce fighting around the strategic Black Sea city of Mykolaiv has been continuing throughout the day.
The region’s administrator claimed their forces had managed to drive out the Russians once again, declaring that they were “retreating and running away”.
The city, home to around half a million people, has become a key target in the embattled Ukrainian south.
The Russians are now in control of Kherson and are pushing west, where there is a battle raging for control of Mykolaiv, with Odesa in their sights.
This report was filmed and produced by Soren Munk and Rob Hodge.