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2 Jan, 2024 22:15

Russia intercepts missiles fired at Belgorod – military

Ukraine has been bombing civilians in the border region for severals days now
Russia intercepts missiles fired at Belgorod – military

Russian air defenses in the Belgorod Region intercepted nine missiles launched from Ukraine on Tuesday evening, according to the Ministry of Defense in Moscow. More air raid alerts were heard in Belgorod overnight, with witnesses reporting explosions in the skies early Wednesday morning.

Two Tochka-U tactical ballistic missiles, as well as seven rockets from ‘Olkha’ long-range artillery launchers were shot down, according to the Russian MoD.

“On January 2 of the current year, at around 22:30 Moscow time, another attempt by the Kiev regime to commit a terrorist attack was stopped,” the military said, adding that the incoming fire was dealt with by the air defenses on duty.

Belgorod Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov confirmed that “several incoming projectiles” had been intercepted overnight, but authorities have yet to share the details of the latest attempted attacks. The official also warned residents to shelter in rooms with strong walls and avoid approaching windows until the warning sirens are off.

Ukrainian artillery attacked the central square of  the city of Belgorod on Saturday, injuring over 100 civilians and killing 25, including children.

Ukraine has since launched several more attacks on the city and the surrounding region, using long-range rockets and drones. Another 17 ‘Olkha’ missiles were intercepted in three attacks earlier on Tuesday. The missiles that got through and debris from the ones which were intercepted killed one civilian and wounded two more, according to the regional governor.

Russian air defenses intercepted and destroyed a total of 32 drones on Monday night, according to the MOD. The unmanned aerial vehicles were shot down over the Bryansk, Oryol, Kursk and Moscow regions.

A rocket strike also targeted Donetsk city in the early hours of January 1, killing four people and injuring 13. The capital of the Donetsk People’s Republic has been a frequent target of Kiev’s military since 2014.

According to a Russian security source, Saturday’s attack on Belgorod was personally ordered by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, organized by military intelligence head Kirill Budanov, and launched by the neo-Nazi ‘Kraken’ regiment based in Kharkov. Among the weapons used were RM-70 Vampire rocket launchers supplied to Ukraine by the Czech Republic. Moscow has also accused the US and Britain of helping plan the attack.

Russia has responded by launching drone and missile strikes on Ukrainian military industry facilities, repair shops and ammunition warehouses, including depots loaded with weapons “delivered to the Kiev regime by Western countries,” the MoD said earlier on Tuesday. According to the mayor of the Ukrainian city of Lviv, Russian drones also destroyed a museum dedicated to Roman Shukhevich, a WWII Nazi collaborator venerated by modern Ukrainian nationalists.