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12 May, 2024 09:53

Multi-story building in Belgorod partly collapses after Ukrainian strike

The Russian city has come under intense bombardment by Ukraine
Multi-story building in Belgorod partly collapses after Ukrainian strike

A high-rise apartment block in Belgorod has partially collapsed after a Ukrainian shelling of the Russian city on Sunday. Rescuers and volunteers spent hours searching through the debris trying to find any survivors.

“The city of Belgorod and the Belgorod Region were subjected to a massive shelling by the Ukrainian Armed Forces,” Vyacheslav Gladkov, governor of the region bordering Ukraine, wrote on Telegram.

A total of 15 people were buried under the rubble of the ten-story apartment building on Schorsa Street in the south-western part of Belgorod. Dozens more, including a six-week-old baby, were wounded in the attack, according to auhorities.

A criminal case on charges of terrorism has been opened following the shelling, the Russian Investigative Committee has said.

  • 13 May 2024

    04:24 GMT

    The Russian Emergencies Ministry says a total of 17 people were rescued from the rubble over the course of the search operation that lasted for over 20 hours, repeatedly interrupted by missile danger alerts.

  • 03:36 GMT

    The search and rescue operation in Belgorod has wrapped up, with the final death toll from the Ukrainian strike that caused a partial apartment block collapse standing at 15 people, according to the emergencies ministry.

  • 02:17 GMT

    The lack of reaction from American officials to the deadly Ukrainian shelling of the Russian city of Belgorod, demonstrates Washington’s willingness to ignore and whitewash any Kiev’s crimes against civilians, the Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov has said.

    “It emphasizes Washington’s readiness to do everything to relieve the Kiev puppets of responsibility for their atrocities,” he added, noting that so-called “independent” media has totally ignored the fact that the city was struck at least ten times within the day.

    “Children, women, and old people are being killed with Western weapons. Some promises by Kiev not to use weapons it received from America on targets in our country are not worth a penny,” he emphasized, blasting the “ostrich” policy adopted by the collective West and the reluctance to restrain “Ukrainian henchmen.”

  • 00:36 GMT

    Russian air defenses intercepted “several aerial targets” over Belgorod Region, governor Gladkov has said, adding that according to preliminary information there were no injuries in the latest strike. However, several houses and cars were damaged in the village of Cheremoshnoye close to the Ukrainian border. According to Gladkov, three people miraculously survived a “direct” artillery strike that completely destroyed their house.

  • 00:36 GMT

    Another victim’s body was pulled from under the rubble, according to authorities, bringing the number of casualties to 15 people.

  • 00:04 GMT

    The recovery operation has stretched into the night, as rescue teams continue searching through rubble and debris, according to videos from the scene.

  • 12 May 2024

    23:40 GMT

    The death toll in Belgorod has grown to 14 people, after rescuers located another body under the rubble of the collapsed building, according to the emergency services.

  • 22:21 GMT

    Authorities have issued another air raid alert, urging the residents of Belgorod to seek shelter. “If you are at home – do not approach the windows and take shelter in rooms with solid walls. If you are outside, seek shelter or another safe place,” the regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov wrote on Telegram.

  • 21:02 GMT

    Rescuers have recovered the body of another victim from under the rubble of the partially collapsed apartment block, the Russian Emergencies Ministry has said, adding that the latest discovery brings to 13 the total number of victims found at the site.

  • 19:16 GMT

    The death toll linked to the Ukrainian attack on Belgorod has risen to 11, the regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov says in a statement on Telegram. Eight victims were found under the rubble of a partially collapsed apartment block, and three more, including a 17-year-old girl, were killed in another “massive shelling” by Kiev’s troops later on Sunday, he states.