Huge blazes lit the night sky from a fire at a Russian oil depot in the city of Belgorod, just a few kilometers from the border with Ukraine, after explosions at a weapons depot earlier this week
A massive explosion has taken place at a Russian oil depot just a few kilometers from the Ukrainian border, sending flames and smoke billowing into the sky.
A fire has broken out in the Russian border city of Belgorod, regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said, two days after the province was rocked by explosions at a weapons depot.
Two people were injured in Friday’s fire, Gladkov said on Telegram, and residents on three streets of the city were injured
Gladkov said this week that the explosions at the weapons depot were believed to be the result of another fire, although he said regional authorities were waiting for confirmation from the Defense Ministry.
Ukraine has not claimed responsibility for any of the incidents.
Russian state media reported that Ukraine’s shelling hit the arsenal and blew it up in the blast two days ago.
There are at least four injuries, although that may downplay the severity of the attack.
Witnesses said the attack was “probably” carried out either “by drone or short-range ballistic missile.”
Video of the blast shared on the social media platform showed a huge blast lighting up the night sky in the distance of the scene being filmed.
The ground seemed to shake and the clip shook up and down as the videographer panned the scene.
Vladimir Putin dispatched Russian troops to Ukraine on February 24 to demilitarize Ukraine in what he calls a “military special operation”. Western countries say Putin’s ultimate goal was to overthrow the Ukrainian government.
At talks this week Moscow said it would scale back offensives near the capital Kyiv and to the north as a goodwill gesture and focus on “liberating” the south-eastern Donbass region.
Kyiv and its allies say Russia is instead trying to regroup after suffering casualties from a Ukrainian counteroffensive that retook capital’s suburbs and strategic areas in the northeast and southwest.
Video footage from Irpin, on the western outskirts of Kyiv, showed wrecked Russian tanks amidst bombed buildings and Ukrainian authorities removing victims in body bags.
“We knew that they (the Russians) were being driven out, but when our army came I knew very well that we were being liberated. It was unbelievably lucky,” said Lilia Ristich from Irpin.
In a late-night speech, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned of “upcoming fighting” in the Donbass and the besieged southern port city of Mariupol.
“We still have to walk a very difficult path to get everything we want,” said Zelenskyy.
The peace negotiations are to be continued on Friday via video conference. To strengthen its position, Moscow is moving troops from Russian-backed breakaway regions in Georgia to Ukraine, the British Ministry of Defense wrote on Twitter.
The reinforcements indicated that Russia had suffered unexpected casualties, it said.
US and European officials say Putin was misled by generals about his military’s terrible performance.
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