In the Russian city of Belgorod, near the border with Ukraine, at least three people have been killed and dozens of residential buildings damaged, the regional governor said after reports of several explosions in the city.
At least 11 apartment buildings and 39 private houses were damaged, including five that were destroyed, Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov posted on the Telegram messaging app.
Gladkov previously said the “incident” was being investigated, adding: “The air defense system is believed to have been working.”
At least four people were injured and two were hospitalized, including a 10-year-old boy, Gladkov said.
Reuters was unable to independently verify the reports. There was no immediate response from Ukraine to the messages.
Belgorod, a city of nearly 400,000 inhabitants, about 40 km (25 miles) north of the border with Ukraine, is the administrative center of the Belgorod region.
Since Russia launched its invasion on February 24, there have been numerous reports of attacks on Belgorod and other regions bordering Ukraine, with Moscow accusing Kiev of carrying out the attacks.
Ukraine has not claimed responsibility for previous attacks, but has described the incidents as retaliation and “karma” for the Russian invasion.
Moscow calls its actions a “special military operation” to disarm and protect Ukraine from fascists. Ukraine and its allies in the West say the fascist accusation is unfounded and that the war is an unprovoked act of aggression.
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