A MASSIVE explosion blasted a 65ft crater in the Russian city of Belgorod tonight – just 40km from the border with Ukraine.
Witnesses reported hearing a whistling sound before an explosion left a crater about 20 meters wide in the center of the city.
The governor of the region Vyacheslav Gladkov said: “There was an explosion. According to preliminary information, there are no victims.”
The explosion was so powerful that a car was thrown onto the roof of a nearby grocery store.
The cause of the explosion has not been confirmed.
The blast occurred less than a mile from a power plant, which some sources say may have been the device’s intended target.
However, there is speculation that the blast may have been a Russian bomb that missed its target in nearby Kharkiv.
Neither the governor nor the mayor said what caused the blast, but Gladkov said the blast sent a massive wave, shattering windows in an apartment building, damaging several cars and toppling power poles.
Photos showed damage to nearby homes and cars, with windows shattered by the boom.
Demidov said residents of the buildings damaged by the blast could be relocated to hotels.
Gladkov told Putin in January that 25 people had been killed and more than 90 injured in the region since the offensive began.