Multiple Explosions Reported in Belgorod

Russian authorities said multiple explosions were heard early Wednesday in three Russian provinces bordering Ukraine, while an ammunition depot in Belgorod caught fire around the same time.

Belgorod regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said authorities had extinguished the fire at the ammunition depot, and reported no civilian casualties. 

Governor Roman Starovoyt of Russia’s Kursk province, which also borders Ukraine, said that explosions had been heard in Kursk early Wednesday, “which were most likely the sounds of air defense systems firing.”

Earlier, Russia accused Ukraine of attacking a fuel depot in Belgorod with helicopters and opening fire on several villages in the province.

Belgorod borders Ukraine’s Luhansk, Sumy, and Kharkiv regions, which have seen heavy fighting since Russia invaded Ukraine two months ago.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed for the UN and ICRC to be involved in evacuating civilians from the Azovstal plant in Mariupol, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

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