At least ten people have died, including a child, and another 45 have been injured in the Russian region of Belgorod, near the border with Ukraine, as a result of a major Ukrainian attack in retaliation for the wave of bombings carried out on Friday by Russian forces in various parts of the country, starting with the capital, kyiv.
According to a new report from the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations, “in Belgorod, nine adults and one child have died due to shelling by the Ukrainian Armed Forces,” reports the Russian agency TASS. “Another 45 people were injured, four of them children,” added the statement, which reduced the number of children killed by one compared to a previous estimate by the region’s governor, Viacheslav Gladkov.
The Russian Ministry of Defense had previously reported that Russian air defense systems shot down a total of 13 Ukrainian rockets over the area this Friday.
In addition to human damage, two cars and ten private homes have been affected to varying degrees, and damage has also occurred to the water supply systems of the city of Belgorod, Gladkov explained.
“Our air defense system has acted over Belgorod (…); several air targets have been shot down when approaching the city,” the region’s governor, Vyacheslav Gladkov, said in a Telegram message.
“As a result of the direct impact of one of the projectiles on a private residential building, a man has died. Four people have been injured,” added the regional leader on the same platform and reported by Interfax.
The Ukrainian attack takes place after the wave of Russian bombings yesterday left 39 dead and 159 injured in Ukraine, according to the country’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky. The capital, kyiv, has been the most affected town, with at least 16 deaths.