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12 May, 2024 14:38

Multiple deaths after Ukrainian strike on residential area – Russian official

The Belgorod region governor has also said that over 20 people have been injured
Multiple deaths after Ukrainian strike on residential area – Russian official

The remains of seven persons have been taken out from under the rubble of the multi-story building that collapsed following a Ukrainian missile attack on Belgorod city, local governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said on Sunday. The identities of the deceased were being established.

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The investigative committee is working at the site alongside rescuers, who suspect that there may be more people under the rubble.

Gladkov mentioned that while he was inspecting the damage, he was disturbed by yet another alarm warning of more rocket danger, which was set off across Belgorod and the surrounding district. “Together with rescuers and volunteers [we] went down to the basement of the ‘Luch’ sports complex to wait it out and start working again,” he wrote in a Telegram post.

He also said 20 people had been hospitalized as a result of the incident.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, Ukraine attacked residential areas of Belgorod, using a Tochka-U tactical missile system, as well as Olkha, and RM-70 Vampire multiple launch rocket systems. The ministry further asserted that Russian air defenses intercepted six Soviet-era Tochka-U missiles, four Vampire rockets, and two Olkha projectiles. It was mentioned that fragments of one of the downed Tochka-U missiles had caused damage to a residential building in Belgorod.

The Investigative Committee of Russia has initiated a criminal terrorism case in response to the strike.