Russia Claims Belgorod Oil Depot Attacked

Russia has claimed Ukrainian Armed Forces entered Russian territory and carried out two airstrikes in Belgorod including a fuel depot.

The Ukrainian Defence Ministry has not commented, and has not claimed responsibility for the attack. If true it would be the first time that Ukrainian military aircraft have flown into Russian airspace to attack a target.

In the past Russia has been accused of staging “false flag” operations seeking to justify further unjustified violence against Ukrainian.

Unverified video of the the incident showed what looked like several missiles being fired from low altitude, followed by an explosion.

The airstrikes set at least eight fuel depots on fire at the Belgorodnefteprodukt JSC oil depot and a printing press owned by Rosenergouchet nearby.

Local authorities sent 194 rescue personnel and 59 pieces of fire-fighting equipment, and a fire train to the burning depots.

“In connection with a major fire at the oil depot, we are engaged in changing the logistics chains of fuel supply at gas stations. The situation is stable,” said Belgorod Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov.

Personnel from the depots and the printing press were reportedly evacuated but four workers suffered minor injuries.

Nearby residents were also evacuated and took shelter at the Belgorod Arena complex.

Belgorod Mayor Anton Ivanov said that residents can go home once the fires are completely put out.

Oleksandr Motuzianyk, spokesman for the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said he neither confirms nor denies the alleged airstrike.

“I want to emphasize that as of today the Ukrainian state is conducting a defense operation to repel Russian armed aggression on Ukrainian territory. And this does not mean that Ukraine should be responsible for all miscalculations and all catastrophes, all events taking place in Russia,” said Motuzianyk.

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