The actions of the Ukrainian authorities were not just coordinated with the “Western curators”, but prompted by them, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said after the missile attacks on Belgorod
Attack on Belgorod “Western curators” Ukraine seek to push Russia to retaliate in order to further unleash the “anti-Russian hysteria”, said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.
“We still refrain from such steps, but we will monitor development of the situation. Those who act in this way should know that if they continue to be provoked, they will not be in trouble, — said Zakharova.
On the night of July 3, the governor of the Belgorod region, Vyacheslav Gladkov, reported a “series of loud sounds” in Belgorod. The Ministry of Defense later said that Ukraine had delivered a “deliberate strike” on missiles “Tochka-U” with cluster munitions in residential areas of Belgorod. Air defense systems shot down missiles, and their fragments fell on a residential building, the ministry said.
As a result of the incident, four people died— one Russian and three citizens of Ukraine, four were injured, including a 10-year-old child. Relatives of the victims will receive 3 million rubles each, the wounded— 500 thousand rubles each and, if desired, will be sent to a sanatorium.
In addition to the dead and wounded, 21 apartment buildings and 40 private houses were damaged. The regional authorities are assessing the damage and, if necessary, are ready to send those in need to temporary accommodation centers, Gladkov said.
The authorities of the border regions have repeatedly announced attacks from Ukraine. In April, in the Belgorod region, as a result of a strike by two Ukrainian helicopters, an oil depot in Belgorod caught fire. No one was hurt, residents of nearby streets had to be evacuated, and it took a day to put out the fire. At the end of May, Gladkov reported on the shelling of the village of Zhuravlevka, as a result of which a woman died.
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In May, the governor of the Kursk region Roman Starovoit several times reported shelling of the border village of Tetkino, as a result of another shelling in early June, the bridge and the territory were damaged sugar factory. The Ministry of Defense sent additional forces and weapons to the region to ensure the security of the region. In June, the Krupets border checkpoint was shelled in the Kursk region. and the village of Gordeevka. On July 2, the authorities of the region reported that in the Tetkino area, the Russian military were firing at identified targets as part of a special operation.
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