Belgorod authorities say explosions in Russian city due to air defense, media report two dead
A column of smoke rose in Belgorod after the explosions (Photo:Жесть Белгород / Telegram)
Explosions rang out in Russia’s Belgorod Oblast on the morning of Dec. 18, with authorities there saying they were the sound of Russian air defenses, while Russian media reported there were two dead following the blasts.
At around 12:30 p.m. local Telegram channels published a photo of a pillar of smoke over Belgorod.
It is also reported that the glass in windows has been broken in some places. Debris also fell on cars.
Vyacheslav Gladkov, the governor of Belgorod Oblast, announced almost immediately that “(Russia’s) air defense system” had worked over the city, which “has consequences on the ground.”
He said four people had been injured in the city.
Later, the governor said that four people had been injured in Belgorod itself, while another person had been killed in the suburbs.
Meanwhile, according to Russian publication Baza, there are preliminary reports of at least two people dead “as a result of shelling” in Belgorod Oblast. One of them is an employee of a local poultry farm.
According to the publication, three more employees of the facility received injuries of varying degrees of severity.
Local Telegram channels also published a video of what is said to be the aftermath of the strike on the poultry farm.
Meanwhile, the residents of Belgorod Oblast received a notification from the Ministry of Emergency Situations about the “shelling” and the need to go to bomb shelters.
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