This is the moment when a “weapons cache” in Russia is said to have been hit by a “Ukrainian missile” that set off firework-like explosions.
The powerful explosion occurred in Belgorod in the west Russiajust 12 miles from the Russian-Ukrainian border, near the village of Krasniy Oktyabr.
Firework-like explosions were seen Ukraine This evening.
Yuriy Butusov, a Ukrainian journalist, claimed that the depot was hit by an OTR-21 Tochka-U ballistic missile launched by Ukraine’s 19th Missile Brigade.
This has not yet been confirmed by Ukrainian officials.
If confirmed, it will be the second Ukrainian attack on Russian territory since the beginning of the war, after the Milerovo airbase attack in late February.
Vyacheslav Gladkov, the governor of Belgorod, confirmed that there had been an explosion, adding that no Russian civilians were injured.
He refused to clarify the reason for the explosion.
Gladkov said: “Explosions were heard on the territory of Belgorod and the Belgorod region.
“The incident happened near the village of Krasniy Oktyabr.
“The village chief is in direct contact with me and has given me all the information.
“There are no casualties or injuries among the residents.
“I’ll post the reason for this later.”
However, the Russian news agency TASS reported that four soldiers were injured when “a projectile exploded in a military camp”.
The report added: “Initial data indicate that the projectile was fired from Ukrainian territory.”
An emergencies source told the agency: “A projectile fell on the territory of a military camp in the Belogord region. Four soldiers were injured.”
News of the alleged shelling comes after Russia announced it would begin.reduce drastically” Troops from Kyiv and Chernihiv.
The announcement was made by Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin and comes as a new round of peace talks begins Istanbul.
Moscow decided to “limit military activities in the direction of Kyiv and Chernihiv in order to strengthen mutual trust and create conditions for further negotiations,” he said.
But the Ukrainian recapture of the city of Irpin near Kyiv shows that Russian forces are lagging behind.
It comes as…
Negotiations are set to resume on Wednesday after weeks of fighting that have left thousands dead and nearly four million Ukrainians fleeing their country.
Meanwhile, Fomin’s superior Sergey Shoigu said Russian forces would now focus on “liberating” the eastern Donbass region, indicating a major change in tactics after Russian forces met stiff resistance.
The Russian announcement was nonetheless met with skepticism by some in Ukraine’s leadership.
“These statements are outright lies aimed at gaining time to strengthen Russian positions,” government adviser Anton Gerashchenko tweeted.
And Britain’s Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said of the Russians: “You must think we were born yesterday.”
In recent days, Ukraine said its troops pushed back Russian forces from Irpin near Kyiv.
The Ukrainians managed to reoccupy towns and defensive positions up to 21 miles east of the capital.
Despite the victories, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that tough fighting was still ahead.
“We still have to fight, we have to persevere,” said Zelenskyj.
“This is a ruthless war against our nation, against our people, against our children.”
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