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25 May, 2024 22:14

Multiple civilian deaths after Ukrainian strikes on Russian border region (VIDEOS)

At least four people were killed and over a dozen injured in a series of attacks on Belgorod Region, the local governor has said
Multiple civilian deaths after Ukrainian strikes on Russian border region (VIDEOS)

Ukrainian forces carried out multiple drone and artillery strikes on the Russian city of Belgorod and several villages near the border overnight, claiming the lives of four civilians and injuring many others including children, Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said on Sunday.

Around 30 projectiles were shot down over the Russian border region on between Saturday evening and early Sunday morning, according to Gladkov. Despite the interceptions, the attacks caused multiple casualties.

“It grieves me to say that the number of civilian deaths has increased to four,” the official wrote on Telegram. 

Three of the fatalities resulted from rocket strikes on Oktyabrsky village shortly before 7pm. Two people died on the spot, while another man succumbed to “shrapnel wounds to his lower extremities” in a hospital a few hours later.

Another woman “was killed as a result of a direct hit in the yard of a private residential house in the village of Dubovoye,” Gladkov wrote around 9pm, adding that she “was in a greenhouse at the time of the attack and died of her injuries before the ambulance arrived.”

While there were no casualties in the city of Belgorod itself, at least two apartment buildings suffered heavy damage as a result of direct artillery hits. Two schools were damaged by blasts and shrapnel, while several commercial buildings had their facades, windows and roofs partially destroyed. Several vehicles were hit, according to videos from the scene.

By midnight, the number of injured across the region had reached 16 people, including at least two children.

An eight-year-old boy who was wounded in the shelling of Oktyabrsky suffered a “blast injury and external trauma to the lumbar back region,” Gladkov wrote, adding that the child’s “condition has been characterized as of medium severity.”

In another incident, a nine-year-old girl was injured when a “moving car was attacked by a drone on the highway between the village of Borisovka and the village of Plotvyanka in the Volokonovsky district,” Gladkov added.

Belgorod has become the one of the main targets of Kiev’s attacks, following a bombardment on New Year’s Eve that killed 25 civilians at a festive event, with continued shelling and attempts to break through to Russian territory in recent months.

In early May, Moscow’s armed forces began a push into Ukraine's Kharkov Region, which borders on the Belgorod Region, seizing numerous villages in an effort to create a buffer zone to curb cross-border attacks.

President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly said that if Kiev continues to “shell residential areas in border territories,” Russia “will be forced to create a security zone” to deprive Kiev of the capability to make such strikes.