Explosions heard in Russian city of Belgorod, oblast governor says air defenses active

17 January, 10:34 AM
Consequences of the explosions in Belgorod on January 1 (Photo:https://t.me/vvgladkov)

Consequences of the explosions in Belgorod on January 1 (Photo:https://t.me/vvgladkov)

Blasts were heard in the Russian city of Belgorod near the border with Ukraine not far from Kharkiv overnight on Jan. 17, Belgorod Region Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov wrote on Telegram.

The cause of the explosions is yet to be confirmed. The governor claimed the sounds came from air defenses, but did not say what the sir defenses were firing at.

Russian emergency workers were reported to be conducting a search of the air for debris.

Gladkov promised to give more details about the incident later.

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Belgorod is one of the closest cities to Ukraine, lying about 30 kilometers from the nearest point of Ukrainian territory, and about 70 kilometers from the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. The eponymous oblast, or region, borders Ukraine’s Chernihiv and Sumy oblasts in the north-center of Ukraine.

There are regularly reports of explosions and the operations of air defenses in the city.

In one recent incident, on Oct. 16, a fire was reported at a local airfield following an apparent missile strike.

Earlier, on April 1, video emerged of what appeared to be two Ukrainian Mi-24 attack helicopters carrying out a strike on a fuel depot in Belgorod Oblast, setting it on fire.

No casualties were reported from the strike.

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