Russian villages near Ukraine shelled – governor
The Russian village of Zhuravlevka, which is near the Ukrainian border, was shelled on Monday evening, resulting in two people being wounded, the governor of the western Belgorod Region, Vyacheslav Gladkov, has claimed.
Gladkov wrote on Telegram that he was about to board a train to Moscow when the head of the settlement called him.
“The shelling of the village began. I canceled my business trip and am staying in the region,” he wrote.
According to Gladkov, two people – a man and a woman – were wounded and received medical help.
“There is destruction of houses. We will estimate the scale after the inspection. We will restore everything that was destroyed,” the governor assured.
Later on Monday night, the governor reported an attack on yet another settlement, located about 10km from the Ukrainian border. At least four houses were allegedly damaged in Golovchino, but there were no reports of casualties.
Russia’s Investigative Committee also launched a criminal probe into the alleged assault on the village of Nekhoteevka, where some buildings and vehicles were reportedly damaged earlier on Monday. According to the committee, the settlement was bombarded from Ukrainian territory.
Local authorities did not elaborate on any other details of the incidents. Earlier this month, Zhuravlevka, which is located 3km from the border with Ukraine’s Kharkov Region, was reportedly attacked by the Ukrainian side. At the end of March, during another shelling of the village, a military priest named Oleg Artemov was killed.
On Sunday, the administration of another hamlet, Otradnoye, reported the falling of a shell, allegedly also fired from Ukraine. There was no damage or injuries, as the incident happened away from the residential buildings.
Since the beginning of the Russian attack on Ukraine on February 24, numerous settlements in the Belgorod Region have been hit by salvos, with several criminal cases subsequently opened.
Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The German and French brokered Minsk Protocol was designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.
The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked and has denied claims it was planning to retake the two republics by force.