Following a series of explosions in the Russian city of Belgorod overnight, part of a Russian anti-aircraft missile was discovered at a residential building in the city hit by a blast, investigative news website The Insider reported on July 3.
This information was confirmed by Oleg Zhdanov, popular Ukrainian military analyst, and Conflict Intelligence Team, a group of Russian bloggers who cover Russia’s war against Ukraine using open-source investigation techniques.
A photo of part of the missile – the booster stage – that hit a multi-story building in Belgorod was published by Zhest Belgorod, a Russian Telegram channel.
Vyacheslav Gladkov, the governor of Belgorod Oblast, on July 3 said the city had been hit by three Ukrainian “self-guiding missiles of the Tochka-U type.” According to Gladkov, the local air defense system intercepted the Ukrainian missiles, but one of them fell on a residential block.
He provided no evidence to support his claim.
Four people died, Gladkov said, and four received injuries. The damaged building had 21 apartments, while 40 smaller private houses were hit by a blast wave. Earlier, Gladkov reported a “series of bangs” in Belgorod.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said Ukraine is not planning to hit Russian territory with any weapons, is not going to invade it, and only uses its weapons to liberate its own sovereign territory.