Russia-Ukraine conflict: Massive shelling, drone strikes injure 4 in Belgorod
1 June, 2023 | Vaishali Sharma
Russia's war in Ukraine reverberated dramatically back onto Russian soil on Wednesday, with a "massive" shelling in Belgorod injuring four people.
Russia’s war in Ukraine reverberated dramatically back onto Russian soil on Wednesday, with a “massive” shelling in Belgorod injuring four people and preliminary information indicating that a drone crashed and ignited a fire at an oil refinery further south, according to CNN.
Eight apartment buildings, four homes, a school, and two administrative buildings were damaged during the shelling, according to the governor of Shebekino, a settlement in the border district of Belgorod, as the oblast becomes a hotbed of wandering violence.
Vyacheslav Gladkov, governor of Russia’s Belgorod region, said there was more shelling of a border area later Wednesday, which he blamed on Ukrainian forces.
“The situation in Shebekino is not getting better. There is shelling on Shebekino, there is a fire at one of the industrial enterprises,” Gladkov said in a live broadcast, as per CNN.
A day before (Tuesday), Gladkov said one person was killed and two were injured in an attack on a temporary accommodation centre.
According to local officials, a drone crashed into the Ilsky oil refinery in the Krasnodar area, east of the occupied territory of Crimea, in the early hours of Wednesday, causing a fire. The fire was quickly put out.
The incidents happened just one day after Russia accused Ukraine of carrying out a drone attack on Moscow. According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, all eight aircraft-type unmanned aerial vehicles launched from the Russian capital were destroyed.
Kyiv has yet to comment on the drone attack or Wednesday’s events in Belgorod and Krasnodar. In general, the Ukrainian government does not confirm or deny any strikes within Russian territory.
According to CNN, the events that followed last week’s entry into Belgorod by anti-Putin Russians fighting alongside Ukrainian forces mark a new chapter in a conflict that is rapidly affecting Russian citizens, 15 months after Moscow launched its invasion of Ukraine.
On Wednesday, strikes were launched on Russian-occupied Ukrainian territory. Five people were killed and 19 were injured in a Ukrainian bombardment of the town of Karpaty in the Russian-occupied Ukrainian province of Luhansk, according to the acting head of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic, who reported on Telegram.
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